New Sponsors, New Training

New Sponsors: Lupii Cafe, Vancouver         & Aquapac

Some of you may have already read on our social media that we have recently gained the support of a fantastic social enterprise, Lupii Cafe! One thing we have learned throughout this experience so far is that there is a whole world of people who are ready to collaborate for a better future. We reached out to the team at Lupii Cafe after seeing their video on Facebook. It tells you all about them:

Their work is so clearly aligned with what we are doing, so we asked if they would be able to help us prepare our 3 months of food. What we received was much more. Lupii Cafe have offered to sponsor our food for the expedition and help us prepare it! We are so thankful for their support and for the work that they do on a day to day basis. We are all a part of a growing change! Check them out here: http://lupiicafe.com/

 

We are also excited to announce that Aquapac – 100% waterproof protection are sponsoring us! This means we can keep all of our food and gear nicely safe and dry with awesome, high quality cases and dry bags. They are also super on-board with our ec goals of protecting our beautiful oceans! The team have even offered us the opportunity to become an affiliate. That means we get 10% of profits if you purchase from Aquapac within 14 days of checking them out from this LINK. We will donate this money to the marine debris organisations we are fundraising for, so treat yourself!!

7 Day Training Paddle:  215.5km!

This week we happily completed 7 days of training! It was the longest time that Mathilde and I have spent on the water together and we are happy to say it was a great success! Success, however, doesn’t come without challenges, which their were. We had good weather, dodgy weather, favorable tides, and less so. We saw wonderful wildlife and encountered the worst of the insects. We thrived in the rain and battled against the heat. Searched for fresh water and overcame kayak troubles. All in all we learned more, we had many laughs, but most of all we came away feeling confident in ourselves, our ability to work together and our physical strength to pull through! Here is a small day by day account. Enjoy 🙂

For reference you can see the campsites mentioned on the map here

Day 1: Urangan to Moon Point 17km

We left home at 730am. We are lucky enough to have a lot of support for our training, especially from Dan G. who has helped in a lot of ways, but this time it was in the form of dropping us off at our start point. With that being Urangan, about a 4 hour drive away, it wasn’t a small ask. We had to stop on the way for some supplies, lunch and a quick surf. Which in the end meant we didn’t kick off from the shores of Urangan until about 3.45pm. With a short paddle we weren’t too worried and conditions were good. The tide helped us past Woody Island and on towards K’Gari (Fraser Island).  However our delayed start meant that as we reached the island we were losing light. We thoroughly enjoyed the sunset hour, which really put on a show for us! It was stunning. However, decided to hop off the water early, to avoid a paddle in the dark. We ended up camping about 3km away from our planned camp. Boy were we punished. Never before in our lives had we experienced an onslaught of insect life like we did that night. Mosquitoes, sandflies and march flies all attacked us at once. Then we did something we wouldn’t usually do and cooked in the tent. There was no choice. Going outside was a planned mission. That night we slept in our hammocks. Lucy, not realising that her mosquito net holes were big enough for sandflies to get through, spent the night barely sleeping. She thought she was slowly losing her mind as she continued to be bitten in what was supposed to be a bug free zone. It was a great day until after the sun set, and we learned that dingoes were not the only animals we had to be weary of on K’Gari!

Day 2: Moon Point to Bowal Creek 31.3km

We didn’t get out of our beds until the sun was high at 7am. Not out of laziness, or tiredness, but out of fear of being eaten alive by sandflies. We are not ashamed,ut we will learn more about how to abate these fearsome creatures. When we did rise, there were still some hangers-on. So it was a mostly silent and efficient breakfast, packing of kayaks and getting the flip out of there. Today the land stretched out on the horizon in front of us. we looked into the distance and saw the island stretch beyond our eyes reach. As we paddled into the day, we noticed separated bumps on the horizon. Were they boats? No, as the Kms passed by, we realised they were the mountains, that were on the northern reaches of the Island where we were headed. It seemed impossible that they had been out of sight so far. However, it was a beautiful day, although very hot, we couldn’t complain as the seas were kind and the beaches were white. When we did stop for lunch, we were treated to a surprise freshwater creek! Although it was still affected by the rise and fall of the tide, the water was clean fresh and drinkable and allowed us to stock up for the trip north. There was only one downer on the day, mostly for Lucy, and yes we are going to say it… PERIOD PAIN. I am sure the ladies can understand, but for those who can’t, imagine paddling 31 km whilst being continuously punched in the gut. Not fun. Mathilde listened to the grumbles and curses with patience and we still managed to enjoy the day together. When we reached Bowal creek we were very relieved to find a serious reduction in bug life, although the march flies were still around, it was very manageable compared to the previous night. We enjoyed our first of many dehydrated meals, carefully prepared (plastic free) before the trip. It was delicious! Enjoyed with another sunset over the water, we made the most of bug free life with some yoga and a sip of port!

Day 3: Bowal Creek to Teebin Pt, via northern section 27 km

With the sun beating down, we had been drinking a lot of water, and so finding more fresh water was a priority for the day. Teebin point had amenities marked on the map, which usually includes a water tank with  treatable water. We had a 8km paddle to Teebin, where we discovered there was not only a lack of water tank, but of amenities at all. With dwindling water, this was an issue. We thought the upper reaches of Wathumba creek may hold some hope, but low tides prevented us from getting upstream. It wasn’t looking good, but we also knew that there were a number of 4wds and boaties around, who may take pity on us. We were also quite distracted by the incredible number of stingrays cruising along below us, some of the spotted rays were over a metre wide! We had a moment to enjoy an unusual site of a dingo fishing in the low tide, and decided to paddle north of the camp in case of a lucky creek, and to get our kms up for the day. We paddled until the heat was unbearable and stopped for lunch under the shade of our tarp. Lunch today was accompanied by a show of fishing dolphins! They were chasing schools of fish into shallow water and jumping for those escaping in the air, it was quite a show! On our paddle back to camp, we met some locals who gave us icy water, a beautiful treat, even if 1L was all they could spare. They told us that if we dug in the sand of the beaches we would almost definitely find fresh water, so now we had a plan C. Luckily it was not needed. As we arrived at camp we were cherrily met by sailors Catherine and David and their two friends. They shared the joys of K’Gari with us, and not only filled our water, but offered us a coffee as well. We had a great time sharing stories of adventure. As the afternoon fell, we were joined by other campers Tom and Brit. They had a great set up and shared our camp. We listened to country music, shared stories and we even let them take our kayaks over to the sand bars to fish. In return, they filled the last of our bottles with fresh water, meaning we could leave camp the next day with a full 15L. That night we enjoyed a beach sunset with swarms of soldier crabs covering the beaches like waves of tiny life. It was amazing.

Day 4: Teebin Point to Coongul Creek 34.6km

Our first of longer days, we rose early and got on the water. Huge apologies to Catherine and David, who we made early morning coffee plans with. The tide was so low that we couldn’t paddle upstream to reach your boat and promise of golden liquid. We did however have a great day! Paddling back the way we came, we knew what to expect and where to get water.. We picked points on the horizon to aim for and enjoyed seeing dolphins, rays and many turtles. We lost count of the number we saw. Dolphins jumping all the way out of the water, turtles investigating us until hurriedly swimming away. We once again found the freshwater creek for a resupply, swim and lovely lunch. Today we treated ourselves to pesto pasta. It was magnificent. We have since decided that this dish is to be a vital part of our trip into Alaska/Canada. We paddled on with good humor and determination, which saw us getting into camp with hours to spare. We enjoyed a good nap, exploring the beach, watching sea eagles feed and lying in our hammocks to read. It is not all hard work and we don’t plan it to be so for the real trip either!

Day 5: Coongul Creek to Ungowa 45.2km

Today was the longest of the days we paddled. It was also windy, and included one of our bigger open water crossings. Once we had padded around moon point, we had a 9km paddle across a bay to Bogimbah creek. The wind was not nice, although the tide was working with us. It was a head down, paddles up scenario, and the first time we saw Mathilde’s game face. The wind was the enemy and we were going to win! Today however, we had a treat in mind. We knew that kingfisher bay had a resort, and thought that surely there was a good feed and real bathrooms waiting for us. It was a great motivation! With the aim to paddle 36 km before lunch we needed it! Now you may be thinking that we are cheating here, but it is important to know one thing. Mathilde and I are doing this with a purpose, to help with that war on plastic, with a goal, to raise the profile of women in adventure, and FOR FUN. Which means that, if there is a chance to stop in a small town and treat ourselves, we will! We are human after all! Lucky for us, when we did arrive we found exactly what we were looking for. Mathilde enjoyed a cauliflower parmi and Lucy a Veggie Burger, with iced chocolate (no straw) and coffee in hands, we were in heaven. Not to mention our first real loo in a 5 days! The meals were more than double the size of what we had been eating, which meant the next challenge was fighting off siesta feels, filling up our water and getting back in the kayaks. We paddled passed the ferry as it took people back and forth, through beautiful mangrove forests and old wrecks until finally as we entered twilight hour we finished our long day at Ungowa. A beautiful camp that sported a toilet, picnic tables, water tank, food lock up cages and a washing up sink! Unfortunately it also had bugs worse than ever before. We quickly set up the tent, and got in…our belongings still strewn across the campsite. Then we had to strategically plan how to spend the least time outside the tent, but also get everything out there sorted. Luckily, with bellies still full from lunch, a carrot was all we needed for dinner. Even though it was a short time out of the tent, we got smashed by sand flies and mozzies. Every bite seemed to re-ignite the anger of previous ones, and we were itching like mad. When we finally got back in the tent, Lucy finally lost it. The itching, biting and inability to enjoy the beautiful camp meant there may have been a mini meltdown cry. Sleep came slowly, even after a long day of paddling. When it did come, we were shortly woken by the interruption of a curious dingo, who proceeded to howl to friends around the camp. Not fun, especially because we soon had to pee. Facing mosquitoes, sandflies, march flies and dingoes, we made to the toilet and back. While it was a great day, and we paddled well and enjoyed the sights, the night was a dull finish to a good day..

 

Day 6: Ungowa to Coolooloi 45 km

Back to Back. We won’t have long days like this in Canada. Not planned at least, but good to practice we thought. We were excited because we knew we would be meeting our friend Denis at Coolooloi, who had kayaked in from Tin Can Bay and would return with us on the final day of our trip. We wanted to get there in good time, if we could. However, we had one major challenge. We were going to paddle through the slack point of the tide and we didn’t know where it would be. The tides come in and out, from the top end and the bottom end of the island. The slack point is where these two meet. We didn’t know where this would be, but did our best to plan for a good guess. We didn’t quite get there and it had a impact on the day. 9 hours of paddling against the tide. Sometimes the wind too. Normally we wouldn’t, but today presented no choice. We stopped in the the strongest hour for lunch, which was a small reprieve. Needless to say, today was a paddle to get to a destination. It was a challenge, and we faced it head on. There were moments of calm in eddies (recirculating currents) behind points. Soon we realised we had two options. Get off the water early and miss our camping fun with Denis, or paddle into the night. We calculated we would only need to paddle for maximum an hour after dark. We got in contact with Denis, and he agreed to wait with a light on the beach, With our own lights on our boats, we had a plan. As the day began to fade, our bodies were starting to protest, but we distracted our minds with nonsense talk and song. Thankfully we spotted Denis’s light in the distance before the sun properly set and knew where we were headed. Denis has been another significant part of our training support. Joining us on many of our paddles, being a sounding board and guiding us into camp that night, we were thankful for a friendly face, a cup of tea and a glass of gin. It was a tough day. There are sure to be more in Canada, but we did it. We did it well, we kept spirits up and got it done. Knowing the tidal points is a key part to the success of our trip in Canada, and we are learning more all the time. Now we are chasing down tidal atlases for the inside passage. Thankfully Coolooloi was a minimum bug camp (although Denis ay not have agreed), and we enjoyed a dinner, sharing some drinks and a laugh, before lying down for a well deserved sleep.

 

Day 7: Coolooloi to Tin Can Bay 15.4 km

The final countdown! This morning we were kind to our bodies and mind and had a relaxed start. With reading in the morning and breakfast by the beach, we waited for the tide to be in our favour. As we heard the wind rustling through the trees, we were glad that it was fending off the insects, but we prepared ourselves for a windy exit. Leaving camp with mixed emotions (“yay, time to eat some non-dehydrated food and sleep in a bed!”/”Oh damn, back to reality…”), we set off on the 16km crossing at a determined pace, with Denis in the lead (Mathilde’s excuse was he was still fresh from only one day on the water :P) The wind hit us head on for the first part. As Lucy and Denis seemed to cruise through the water, there were power sounds coming out of Mathilde’s boat as she tried to manage her tricky, and less-than-ideal rudder system. Questions of “are you feeling sore?” were answered with “I mean… I definitely can feel that my arms exist.” As we paddled into Tin Can Bay, the wind was a bit much for Mathilde, who will admit to having a very mild tantrum at the wind and her boat, and trialled swapping kayaks with Lucy for the last stretch. After 10 minutes Lucy considered walking Mathilde’s kayak through the shallow water, she couldn’t fully fit her longer legs in, and the rudder was playing up. We swapped back again (Denis must have been wondering what the heck we were doing as he waited in the distance!), and Lucy exclaimed “how the hell did you paddle over 200 km in that thing!” which definitely made Mathilde feel better about the tantrum. We turned the corner and the finish line was in sight. With the tide gently pushing us into shore, we touched down at the jetty, cleaned up and fit all three kayaks on Denis’ car (success!), before once again stuffing our faces with the delightful food from the cafe. It wasn’t long after turning our phone notifications back on that we considered repacking the kayaks and starting again, but alas, the real world was calling us, and we will have to wait a few more days before we can head back on the water again. All in all, it was a great trip that encompassed many of the things we will be experiencing on the expedition (aside from the cold…) We feel strong, capable and ready for more action! Bring it on!

AND here is a photo of the cumulative waste for 7 days:

2018: Kicking off with a Win!

Starting 2018 with A New Sponsor!

We have recently announced our most recent sponsor! Boreal Design Kayaks have given us two Storm 17’s for the duration of our paddle, along with some safety equipment and repair kits as well! Check out our latest newsletter for all the detail.

To subscribe, please email passage.adventures@gmail.com

2017 was an amazing year.

Thank you so much to everyone who made it such a success! Let’s take a moment to reflect on what we managed to achieve in 2017:

  • Officially launched our website, social media and fundraising
  • Became Ambassadors for Chuffed crowdfunding
    • Ran 2 really great workshops on how to crowd-fund
  • Coordinated 2 marine debris clean ups in Brisbane
  • Had a presence at Jack Johnson’s ‘All at Once Tour’ on behalf of The Tangaroa Blue Foundation
  • Spent a weekend in Sydney training with Rob Mercer – The Balanced Paddler!
  • Formed partnerships with
    • OceanWise Conservation Program
    • Education programs across British Colombia
    • IUCN Nature for All Project
    • UN Clean seas program
  • Gained Sponsorship from
    • Lunette Australia
    • Werner Paddles
    • Kokatat
  • Connected with some amazing people
    • Sean Allen- A Kayaker who put us in contact with some great contacts!
    • Nikki Rekman – Who pitched our adventure to some of our now sponsors!
    • Sandy Robson – A great inspiration, who took the time to mentor us and share her passion and experiences
    • Justine Curgenven – Another great inspiration who shared her experiences with us
    • Freya Hoffmiester – Another great inspiration who shared her experiences with us
    • Dani Gordon – who is helping us arrange our charts and safety equipment
  • Training Training Training!! Big thanks to our mate Denis who has been training with us, helping us improve and even sometimes just ferrying us to start and finish points! Such a legend!

It has been a huge learning experience for both of us. We have learned again how to work through late nights, push through long paddles and toughen up in rough conditions (both on and off the water). We have learned to keep meeting new people, connecting across the seas, to always ask questions, you never know how great the answer may be.

More than anything we have learned what two people can do. Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that our project would be what it is today. However, the collective efforts of our friends, family and complete strangers is making this idea bigger and better than we could have hoped!

This one is a short but sweet check in and we will have more to come soon!

 

It’s November! (t-5.5 months to go)!

WOW!

What an amazing couple months it has been since our last update! We have some updates below, and please read through, because there is some amazing stuff to tell you… These blogs will be more and more frequent as we get closer to our launch date! These posts are an opportunity to learn a little more about the journey that we have delved into.

Lately a couple of people have asked us when we are leaving, and we tell them “May! Less than 6 months now”. To which many people say, wow! heaps of time! Well that is definitely not how it feels to us! We are getting down to fine detail of trip logistics partners, plans and more. A day in our lives does not look like your average, so we thought we would tell you what the average week can include..

Around our day jobs, we have to spend time both training and planning. Mathilde works from about 5.30am – 4pm and Lucy from 9am -7pm. We both do cross training at the gym, which includes weights, core and cardio. On average we will spend 3 – 4 hours in the gym a week. Alongside this we both do yoga and general fitness. Weekends are either 2 days of kayaking, or one day of kayaking and a day of planning. Extra planning is squeezed into the left over hours of the day! As well as this, Mathilde and I are both volunteering for local conservation groups, so it makes for a busy but full-filled time. We were laughing recently as we reflected that paddling 40km each day seemed somewhat simple in comparison to our average day at the moment…

Enough of that! We also want to tell you about some great new developments, if you haven’t already heard, Werner Paddles have agreed to sponsor our journey!! What did they say?

“Werner Paddles has reviewed your proposal for sponsorship of your Inside Passage expedition and more importantly your mission for the conservation efforts. Your descriptive project brief outlining the trip details, your current social media channels as well as your website all make it easy for us to say yes we would like to help support your conservation efforts. Our primary focus on this trip, from our perspective, is your plans for conservation efforts.”

I mean, those words truly meant the world to us! Werner Paddles have a great Healthy Waters program, and now we are are a partner. As you can see from above, it is the conservation element that Werner Paddles was really attracted to, knowing that they too are stewards of our oceans is incredibly important to us. It is humbling to be supported by such a reputable organisation.

We have also done some amazing clean-ups here in Brisbane! 22 volunteers collected 110kgs of debris from the shores of the Brisbane River. No one bothered that we were tramping around in mangrove mud, no one complained of the mosquitoes, and EVERYONE put 100% in. We were truly inspired by the people we met! My favourite quote of the day was this response from a volunteer when asked why they came:

I saw it advertised on Kathmandu’s Facebook page and I thought, ‘that sounds like a good weekend’! So I came down to help and enjoy the sun.

It made us both so happy to know that people truly do enjoy the feeling that comes from doing something important for our environment, our oceans, and a cleaner community.


We are often asked how you organise a project like Passage Adventures. It is safe to say that so much of what we do is reaching out to people, making networks and working hard to build relationships. This whole expedition is a journey of sharing stories and information and changing the world through connecting and inspiring each other. Here are just some of those amazing people we have met along the way…

Heidi Taylor – Managing Director of the Tangaroa Blue Foundation. Heidi works her butt of to ensure that cleanups, conferences, source reduction plans, industry lobbying and more is happening around Australia, everyday!

Karen Wristen – Executive Director of the Living Oceans Society. Karen is doing great work in Canada, organising clean ups, community education and more. She is helping us to coordinate our  clean up at the finish, promote our cause in Canada and provide insight to the local area.

James Bartram – Vice President of Education and Youth at Ocean Wise Conservation Association. James has put us in touch with SO many people over in Canada/Alaska. He has truly been the connection that has built this project in to something amazing! He is someone who has ideas, passion and action to follow it through!

Rachel Schoeler Manager of Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Rachel has been invaluable in helping us develop some connections and ideas for our community outreach in Canada/Alaska. She is helping connect us to education centres and communities along our paddles, where we can stop, do talks, clean ups and help engage more people with the ideas and concerns of marine debris and the story of women in adventure. It is truly amazing to work with a woman, who herself is a big adventurer!

Marlies and Becky – these amazing women from Chuffed help us with the work we do promotion crowdfunding. We have lead two workshops in Brisbane now, and have more planned for the future. Marlies and Becky have coached us through the sessions, feedback promotion and are two women who truly believe in social power.

Carol – From Lunette Australia Carol has helped us promote our fundraising and promotion by arranging our sponsorship and promotion! She is easy going and a great person to work with.

Rob Mercer – What a legend! Rob from the Balanced Boater gave us 2 days of training down in Sydney. He gave us more time than we asked, his “contribution to our project”, he says! Rob is so calm, skilled and kind. The time we spent with him honed our skills and our spirits.

Sandy Robson – Most of you know will know Sandy, what a legend! She kayaked from Germany to Australia over 5 years!. Sandy was kind enough to sit down with us for a couple of hours. She shared her experiences, knowledge and networks with us. It was truly humbling to be mentored by such an inspirational woman!

That is just 8 of the many people we are talking to This project is not possible without the combined efforts of people all over the globe! We are humbled and inspired by everyone who has put a moment of time into our project, thank you!

Lucy and Mathilde

4 Epic Wins!

Yeoooww! What an amazing last few weeks it has been… We have locked in our first sponsor, been part of a record-breaking beach cleanup, run our own workshop, and reached our August goal of $5,000!
Check it out…

Our first sponsor is….

Lunette Australia!!

For the Month of September any donations will go in the running to win their own menstrual cup! Even for the guys this can make a thoughtful present. Show your female friends/family that you know whats what in the lady world 😉

Why they are awesome!

1. EASY & WORRY-FREE

Lunette menstrual cups are easy to use. Simply fold the Lunette and insert. Done! Plus you’ll experience up to 12 HOURS of worry-free use.

2. HYGIENIC & SAFE

Lunette menstrual cups are made of soft medical grade silicone and are BPA free. This means no yeast, bacteria or odor. Just cleanliness and comfort.

3. SUSTAINABLE & VEGAN

Lunette menstrual cups are designed, developed and packaged with the environment at heart. It’s also the best alternative to disposable period products which pollute our planet.

https://lunette.com.au

We reached our August goal of $5,000!!!

We reached $5,000 on our crowdfunding page, thanks to a total of 71 incredible supporters so far! We cannot begin to express our gratitude. Every donation fills us with inspiration for the paddle, and all our donors should know they are a very special part of this journey

Super Successful Chuffed Workshop

We ran our first workshop as Chuffed ambassadors in Brisbane this week. The workshop gave tips for crowdfunding and attracted an awesome group of 12 people, all attending for a variety of reasons. All of the money that attendees paid for tickets goes to our cause, which is amazing! We received really positive feedback from the event and hope to do more in the future.

A record-breaking Cleanup!

Mathilde spent a week cleaning up Chilli Beach up Cape York, Australia with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation. 40 people across several volunteer/local council groups cleaned up 6.7km of beach and picked up 7 TONNE of rubbish, which is the record for any Tangaroa cleaning event.

 

Some of the data counted from 831.5 bags filled of marine debris on this clean up included:

  • 1009 cigarette lighters
  • 2279 toothbrushes/combs/razors
  • 3204 bleach bottles
  • 3325 plastic drink bottles
  • 5547 thongs

Over 60 % of debris removed was plastic fragments. This is becoming quite alarming as we are leaving a legacy for future generations. Although over 90% of the debris do not come from Australia but from our Asia Pacific neighbours. We share a global ocean and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep our oceans clean.

For more information on how you can be an ocean warrior contact Tangaroa Blue on www.tangaroablue.org

 

 

 

Times Are A Changin’

Woolworths & Coles to Phase out single-use bags

When announcements like this are made, Bob Dylan’s song ‘Times are a Changing’ pops into my head. People all around Australia have been lobbying for a plastic bag ban for years, and moves like this, by big corporations, creates a shift that move mountains.

Last week, Woolworths, quickly followed by Coles announced that they are going to phase out ‘single use’ plastic bags over the next year. That is MASSIVE.  While it can be easily critisced, as they will be offering ‘durable’ plastic bags for 15cents, and some may ask, why can’t it just stop next month?, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate this decision, because it really is HUGE;

3.2 Billion Bags/Year from Woolworths Alone

The above Woolworths brands will all ban the bag

That is a massive change, and will reduce our landfill and plastic pollution in amazing ways. Coles is yet to detail its commitment but Coles Chief Customer Officer Simon McDowell stated;

“We’ve been working towards this announcement for some time now as part of our ongoing program to improve environmental outcomes throughout our business,”

Coles and Woolworths have strengthened the case for the QLD government to commit to a state wide plastic bag ban. In the past, the corporations have not always supported the legislation, and it is encouraging to know that they are setting a precedent for our government. This is people power in action!!

Mathilde and I are still working furiously in the background and there are many plans in the work. We have recently started up conversations with a great group called OceanWise. It looks like we are going to do some really cool stuff with them.

 

Mathilde will be heading up to Cape York to help in Tangaroa Blue’s efforts cleaning remote beaches. The annual clean up is a huge part of the work of the Tangaroa Blue Foundation dealing with both domestic and international waste that ends up on our shores.

We have also started some conversations with Chuffed. our crowd funding platform and have some exciting news to share very soon!

Please keep reading, leave us a comment, question or even just some encouragement to keep writing!

Lastly, we want to get to $5000 raised by August! Can you share this with a friend who can donate? Spare $50 from your tax return? Let us help you change the world!

 

 

Together for a Moment

It has been an awesome week in Brisbane! Mathilde stopped by for a week in between her current travels. Lucy is heading to the United States on Sunday for 2 weeks and Mathilde will fly to France for a month. With both of us abroad for a short amount of time it was a great chance to catch up, review plans, train together and meet new connections.

We couldn’t have asked for a better week! We are both gratefully exhausted as we have made the most of it and have pushed our bodies and our creative minds. Training together is always more motivating, and we are both sore muscled after our circuit training, running, climbing and kayaking this week. We have both taken big leaps in our Eskimo roles, Mathilde learning from scratch and Lucy remembering an unpracticed skill. It was great to have our friend Denis out rolling with us and sharing in the laughs. We also met some other great people this week, adding to the list of great connections that are going to make this expedition a reality.

We spent an hour on the phone with James, a great guy who works with Ocean Wise at the Vancouver Aquarium. We are excited by the opportunities that James has suggested and we are now in the process of establishing some really great collaborations! At the moment we can’t tell you more than that, because we can’t tell you more than we know, but stay tuned for some future news in this space. Our favourite words from James were: Recreation is a gateway to conservation.

Next we visited Larissa Zimmerman, Your Money Mistress. We came across Larissa through our conservation work. She is a financial planner with a social and environmental conscious. She offered us a discount for the cause, which was incredibly kind and we were excited to see what advice we could get. Mathilde and I are generally pretty good with our finances, but we both agreed that Larissa gave us a perspective and advice we had never had before. We looked at our relationship with money, how we value it and our attitudes towards it, rather than crunching numbers and adding values. It was great to speak a financial language that was already familiar and we are already more excited about the potential to put more money aside for this expedition. We have estimated that this expedition will cost us a minimum of $10 000 each. All of our fundraising goes directly to our chosen conservation programs, leaving us to self fund the entire trip.

Our last meeting was with the team at chuffed.org. We really can’t say enough about this team. They are truly inspirational. The organisation provides the fundraising platform for free. They are able to fund the organisation by asking for donations to their cause, rather than just taking their cut from donations made like some other organisations. Not only that, they offer free mentoring sessions, which we decided to take up. Marlies called us from London and we had a 30min consult which gave us a lot of creative and fun ideas for fundraising. We are really looking forward to putting some into practice. Marlies also mentioned a really exciting opportunity for fundraising to us, but as it is not yet 100% we can’t discuss it, all I can say is STAY TUNED!

However, we both agree that the best thing about this week was spending time together. We have been living in different cities for the last 6 months, which makes training and communicating a challenge. It was absolutely fantastic to have the time to hang out, discuss ideas, train and catch up! This week has left us more determined, focused and excited for our trip to the Inside Passage and we are stepping closer every day.

 

Picking Up!

Everything is starting to pick up and we are excited! On the 22nd of May we launched our website and fundraising and we are so stoked to see how it has kicked off! 13 days after starting we have managed to raise AU$1,650!! What is really great about our funds raised so far, is that so much comes from our friends and family. You are the people who help make us who we are and inspire us to do what we do, so thank you!

Special thanks to all our donors so far:

Denis Stojanovic, Bree McC, Narelle Lamb, Shakira Pickup, Lachlan Parsons, Teresa  Carrette, Zelda Grimshaw, Lola Visschers, Amalia Anindia, Lydia Popham, David Clarke, Kylie Lamb, Stephanie Walton, Lou Gordon, Grace Keyworth, Helen Beardall, Mikhaila Jacoby, Mandy and Neil Breeze, Solitaire  Irwin, Laurence Smith, Rosemary Hill, John Hill, Sarah Graham and Denise Donald.

As funds picked up, so did Lucy, heading up to Noosa for the monthly beach clean up. The 430am start was worth it. The sun was shining (after it got its lazy self up over the horizon), the people were merry, as old friends came together. The regular clean up means that not a lot of rubbish accumulates, however we still picked up more than 70Kg of marine debris from the beaches. The debris were counted and the data will go to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation who use the information to create source reduction schemes, and other great preventative measures. As their motto says, “if all we ever do is clean up, that is all we will ever do”

After a morning of cleaning Lucy headed out to the Noosa headland with her beach cleaning buddy, to enjoy the power of the ocean from the sea cliffs!