A world-first record-setting row across the vast Atlantic Ocean, raising money for UN Women to change the lives of women and girls around the world, and to prove what can be achieved when men and women have the opportunity to play an equal part.
What are we fundraising for?
The Seablings are looking to achieve something extraordinary in the name of gender equality. We are aiming to be the first ever sister and brother team to achieve ‘The World’s Toughest Row’: rowing 3,000 miles in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. In doing so we want to prove what we passionately believe: that the world can be a better, fairer place when men and women are in the #sameboat and have equal opportunity to shape a better, shared future.
But in order to be able to take to the Ocean to demonstrate this, and to raise over £100,000 for UN Women in the process, we need the boat. We have an immediate funding deadline of 1 March 2019 and need to raise £18,000 so that work on building our boat can begin. Please can you help?
About the challenge
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a truly gruelling event. Known as ‘The World’s Toughest Row’ it involves crossing 3,000 miles from La Gomera in The Canaries to Antigua in a rowing boat. Rowers can experience 20-foot high waves and the Atlantic Ocean is 8.5km deep in places.
To complete the challenge we will need to row 24/7 for around 60 days: rowing for 2 hours, then sleeping for 2 hours non-stop for the whole duration. Between the two of us we will need to row 1.5 million oar strokes, and summon the mental and physical strength to endure sleep deprivation, cramped and freezing conditions, salt sores and extreme isolation with only each other for company. Same family. Same cause. #sameboat.
We are Anna and Cameron McLean, a sister and brother from Gloucestershire, UK, known as The Seablings. We are the first-ever sister and brother team and the only mixed gender team in the 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
We are passionate about the role both men and women can play in achieving gender equality. We want to show that equality is possible and social and cultural barriers can be removed when men and women work together. Everyone wins.
Anna has experienced gender inequality first-hand as one of the minority of women working in technology, an industry she is passionate about. When Anna began her career she became immediately aware that there were very few female role models. At school she had been surrounded by lots of talented, inspiring, incredibly bright women and girls. But only 27% of people who work in IT are women, and very few of those women are in senior roles.
Changing the lives of women and girls to make the world a better place for everyone.
UN Women is the gender equality entity of the United Nations. Many people have heard of the UN, but fewer know about UN Women and the amazing work they do.
UN Women’s mission is to change the lives of women and girls globally. And through that, to make the world a better place for everyone. They are entirely funded by donations.
Across the world:
- Women are significantly underrepresented in parliaments and government.
- Women are underrepresented in business and less likely to be entrepreneurs.
- Women have less access to agricultural land.
- Women have less opportunity to learn skills or use technology.
- Women are less represented in climate-change or peacekeeping roles.
All of this has a real impact on food production, poverty, and the pace of crisis recovery or technological innovation. It limits how prosperous, peaceful and sustainable the world is for all of us.
So UN Women funds projects across the world that help women to have a voice, to fulfill their potential and to play an equal role in their communities. We want to achieve something that represents what they stand for, and help their amazing work continue.
How your donation can help
By completing this challenge we hope not only to raise over £100,000 for UN Women projects, but to raise significant awareness of gender equality issues and inspire a generation of men and women to want to play their own part in driving change. But to achieve all that we need to make it into the Ocean in the first place. And to do that, we need a boat that’s fit for the challenge. As a first funding milestone, we need to raise £18,000 by 1 March 2019 so that work can begin on building our boat. We need your help to make this happen!
About the boat
We are intending to conquer 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean in a Rannoch R25 Ocean Rowing Boat. Designed specifically for solos or pairs, it is 24 feet long and must store the technical and medical equipment and food and water supplies we will need for 60 days alone at sea. We have opted for fibreglass rather than carbon fibre in order to keep costs down. Each boat must be built from scratch, and lead times for production mean that Rannoch must begin building our boat in March.
Your pledge means everything to us, to UN Women, and to the thousands of women and girls around the world who are benefitting from the projects they support.
Any pledge, of any size, will go towards helping us to achieve our goal, and through us for others to achieve theirs. As a thank you, we have put together a number of different rewards starting at just £10. From a personally-written thank you and Seablings merchandise right through to a Gold-level sponsorship package, we hope you will want to play a part in our #sameboat campaign.
If you aren’t able to pledge you can still play a part in #sameboat by sharing this on social media, or you can follow @theseablings on Instagram.
Please pledge today and help us pull together for a better, fairer world.
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