Our very own Natalia who has worked at Tucan Travel for a number of years is undertaking an exceptional challenge. She and the rest of the Coxless Crew are a four woman team who are attempting to achieve a world first by rowing 8,446 miles across the Pacific Ocean unsupported. They will be rowing out from San Francisco on the 18th of April with the aim to reach Australia all on their own.
This brave venture is with the intention to raise a quarter of a million pounds for their two chosen charities- Walking with the Wounded and Breast Cancer Care. Walking with Wounded help fund the retraining and re-education of those wounded in the army and help with the transition after active duty. As it is an all-female crew the charity will be putting the money raised from this towards injured service women in particular who have risked their lives on the front line. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and the numbers of cases are rising. Breast Cancer Care is the only UK wide charity providing specialist support to those affected. The Coxless Crew are hoping to raise awareness and funds for both of these inspirational charities from their incredible adventure.
If you would like to donate towards their heroic efforts please visit their fundraising page here. You also have the option to ‘Buy a Mile’. For £10 you can get your name or the name of a loved one written on the inspirational wall inside the cabin of the boat so you too can be a part of their journey across the ocean as well as helping raise money for 2 truly worthy charities. There are no limits to the amount of miles you buy – the bigger the donation the bigger the name on the wall! There will also be an informal, light hearted event on the 26 March from 7pm at the London Rowing Club. If you would like to attend and wish your farewells to the crew, tickets will cost £5 on the door.
Natalia has worked at Tucan Travel on-and-off for a number of years in almost every department and every office we have in operation! For nearly a year, she has worked tirelessly, raising money for the Coxless Crew, preparing herself physically and mentally for the challenges that await her on her journey across the Pacific Ocean all while working in London as part of our Reservations Team.
Good luck ladies! We have the upmost admiration for your tenacity and spirit! Go get em!
About the Author: Rosanna is on the Marketing team at Tucan Travel. She has travelled independently and on group tours through South East Asia, and Europe. You can find her on Twitter here