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!
Today marks the day that we launch our project into the public realm. We have finished our website, created a Facebook and Instagram page and started a crowdfunding site (we have already raised $230 thanks to many wonderful donations!) ALL donations will go towards the Tangaroa Blue Foundation in Australia and the Living Oceans in Canada, two amazing organisations that work on combating marine debris and finding solutions through source reduction plans. Check them out on our ‘the cause’ page. We have also sent out a media release and the ball is rolling! On the trip planning and training side, we have now fully mapped out our route and made plans for camping and water collection sites. Lucy has bought a kayak, been on several training paddles in the Brisbane area and practiced Eskimo rolls. Mathilde has done some paddles through the tropical oceans around Cairns and is now traveling through New Zealand, sussing out the islands for some day trips. Our excitement levels are through the roof! This time next year we will be pushing our kayaks off the shores of Alaska. We would love it if you followed us on our journey, share our pages and tell your friends and family. Until next time! Lucy and Mathilde Xx
In between adventures, family time, work and the rest of life, we have learnt how to create a website! Lots of other things have been happening behind the scenes as well, and the excitement is constantly building… Here is a snapshot of the last couple of weeks.
1. We contacted the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, which has been running a program called the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) for the last 12 years. This program aims to not only tackle the extensive task of removing man-made debris from our coastlines, but strives to target the source of this rubbish and prevent it getting into our marine environment in the first place. Both of us have done a bunch of clean-ups with this organisation in FNQ, in beautiful places such as Cape Kimberley, Snapper Island, 4 Mile beach and Orpheus Island. We love the work that they do and want to support them in any way we can. They were super happy to partner with us and share the message of our journey. The money we raise for them will go towards funding their annual Cape York clean-ups. Tangaroa Blue has been visiting the pristine beaches up this coastline for the past 5 years, and they have already seen a reduction in the amount of rubbish found every time. Most importantly, they have been able to log really important data about the source of the debris washing up, and partner with stakeholders to solve these issues. We hope to help the project continue into the next year!
Mathilde’s parents and grandparents reppin the Tangaroa Blue shirts! So far they are some of our biggest fans (even though they all think we are a little crazy…)
2. We are in the process of sourcing some maps of the passage we will be traveling, to start planning the stages of our trip in more detail. This will involve doing lots of research on what others have done in the past, as we figure out the similarities and differences we want for our trip.
3. The search for a marine conservation group in Alaska/Canada to be our second receiver of fundraised money has begun. This week will involve contacting a few of them and establishing partnerships across the globe!
4. We are brainstorming ways that people can help support us on our journey, other than reading up on our progress (thank you for watching this space, we love it!). This ranges from pledging to limit single-use plastic consumption, to in-kind or monetary donations
5. We will also be joining the world of Instagram and YouTube and posting pictures/videos of our planning and training over the next few months (prepare to both get excited with us, and laugh at our failures…)
Here it is! The first evidence of our very real commitment to making this epic journey a reality. We have been discussing, scheming, researching and so much more for months now. But this is now available in the public eye, and we are here telling you that we are going to paddle the length of the Inside Passage, from Alaska to Canada!
Introducing Mathilde and Lucy! We are a happy dynamic duo!
Training has begun and will continue to become more strategised as the year goes on. We have both downloaded the Mapmyfitness app. As we are currently living in different cities, our training motivation for each other must come through the cyber space. It is proving to effectively tap in to our competitive nature and keep our fitness levels up!
We are very excited to keep everyone updated! So please keep an eye on this space as we continue to research, edit and improve over the next year.