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We committed to taking part in the challenge while serving with the Army Air Corps in Afghanistan back in 2012. As Army officers, arduous and uncomfortable situations are not foreign to us and so the Atlantic challenge seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity that we couldn’t miss. Not only will it satisfy our love of rowing (Tom) and perverse enjoyment of extreme fitness challenges (Dave) but more importantly it will give us the chance to raise money for two great charities. We bought our boat from team NEAS Energy (2013 challenge) at the end of last winter and have spent some time out on the water already but still a lot more training is needed. At least we’ve already had plenty of training in sleep deprivation and eating from ration packs!
We have chosen to fundraise for two charities. They are both small friends and family-run projects set up by individuals as a result of their own personal experiences. Each charity has personal meaning to us and as a result the challenge of raising money is equally as important as achieving a successful crossing. To discover more about our charities visit our website – www.theatlanticdrifters.com
OAKS – Overseas Aid for the Kids of Sierra Leone – this small charity set up by a small group of people from the Chester area to support the educational needs of the underprivileged children of war-torn Sierra Leone. The school now supports 245 pupils aged between 5-15 years and has had an unparalleled effect on the local community which we witnessed when we visited in February 2014. We hope the money we raise through the Atlantic Row will not only secure the future of the school but also help build a new classroom to expand the school into secondary education.
DDMT – Lt Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust – another friends and family run charity formed after the tragic death of Lt Dougie Dalzell MC on his 27th birthday in February 2010 in Helmand, Afghanistan. Dougie had an inherent concern for the welfare of his men which is the founding principle upon which the Trust was built. The charity supports active and retired servicemen and their families. As a small charity the DDMT prides itself on being able to react quickly and flexibly to requirements of individual beneficiaries that may have fallen through the gaps of traditional, and larger, charitable organisations.
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