Event: Gone Paddling between 20/04/2010 and 30/09/2010
Team Members: James Bonell
£11,376.00 raised of £20,000.00 target
£11,376.00 raised so far
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GB Sea Kayak Circumnavigation 2010 - WaterAid and NACC
I'm James Bonell, and on 4th September I landed back at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, in Falmouth, thus completing a circumnavigation of Great Britain by sea kayak in 138 days. I started on 20th April, and so far have raised over £10,000 for the two charities I'm supporting - Crohn's and Colitis UK, (formerly called the National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease) and WaterAid. Although JustGiving is only set up to cope with one charity at a time, there is some magic going on behind-the-scenes, and please be assured it's definitely a 50:50 split between the two!
If you see the support van, which hopefully will be somewhere around the coast, you'll know it's the one! It'll have the trip logo on the side, along with details of the charities and all the companies who are kindly supporting the trip. This van will be doing three important jobs:
1) helping to do more fundraising and awareness-raising than I could manage on my own
2) carrying some spare equipment, food and general supplies
3) giving various friends and family some pretty cheap holidays by the sea...
Seriously though, this van doesn't drive itself, and I really couldn't do this without the help of some very loyal and supportive friends and family (two very hard weeks in NW Scotland without the van proved to me just how hard it would be doing the whole thing without support).
Why the Fundraising?
With a trip like this, you could just buy a boat, dig out an old tent, pack up a few supplies and set off on your own. The trouble with this approach is that you'll just be doing it for your own sake. Then when things get difficult - and let's face it, with 5 months of paddling 10 hours a day, there will be times when it's difficult - having a deeper meaning to keep the motivation going is crucial.
You can't simply bolt-on the fundraising aspect. If the fundraising is not something you're particularly bothered about, in difficult times it will probably feel more like a nuisance than something to spur you on, and that's not a good place to go looking for motivation. The fundraising aspect should either be a central reason for the whole thing, or else completely discarded. And even if it is a central thing - or more to the point especially if it's a central thing - it's not something that happens by itself. Without committed action, vague plans and aspirations usually end up staying exactly that - vague and aspirational - so the winter of 2009-2010 has been pretty hectic so far.
So, instead of buying a kayak, I bought a fundraising van. And instead of asking the Guinness Book of Records what the fastest circumnavigation is, I contacted the charities to get them on board, as it were, with the plans. Thankfully I received very generous sponsorships from various companies and equipment suppliers (full details on www.gonepaddling.co.uk) and I am extremely grateful for their support to enable this challenge to go ahead.
You see, what I'm trying to do is not just to kayak around the whole country as fast as possible: I want to raise awareness for these two charities, WaterAid and the NACC, and to help them out with a bit of fundraising. If other people can see what's going on, and think "Hey, I could do something like that too!", then that would be fantastic too. So this takes a bit more organising. This is why I went down to part-time at work and spent a lot of time during the winter and spring sorting out media stuff, kitting out the support van, working out budgets, spreading a bit of news about what I'm doing, and promoting the idea that with each others' help, we really can make a positive difference to thousands of lives.
The two charities have been chosen for particular reasons.
In 2008 my sister Emma was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Crohn's Disease, like Colitis, is basically a disease of the gut and causes a few not-so-pleasant symptoms like urgent diarrhoea, deep internal ulcers, bleeding, stomach cramps, tiredness and fatigue. Uncontrolled weight-loss is also a dangerous risk. Roughly 1 in every 400 people in the UK have either Colitis or Crohn's, and although death from either is uncommon, it is still possible. The causes of Colitis and Crohn's Disease are unknown; ongoing treatment is available, but a cure has not yet been found.
The second charity I'm supporting is WaterAid. WaterAid and its partners use practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people. With projects in 26 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific, they work at the local community level using local skills and appropriate, sustainable technologies. Helping to meet such a basic human need as clean and safe water, which is taken for granted so easily in the western world, is something I am very keen to support.
The main website http://www.gonepaddling.co.uk has web links and a few more details for both charities, including information on how your donations will actually help, where they will go and what they will do.
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So please do dig deep and support if you can.
Charity Registration No. 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland)
WaterAid is an international charity. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. For more information please visit http://www.wateraid.org/uk - Thanks so much for your support!
I should have done this a fair while ago! Good work Baggins, a mean feat for good causes!
Donation by Graham Roberts on 27/09/11
Donations from residents at Montpelier Court, Exeter, during presentation
Donation by James on 07/06/11
Really nice meeting you and your an inspiration to write about
Donation by Bryony Y ( Journo Student) on 16/02/11
WELL DONE! And many thanks for the very interesting talk at the NACC meeting Feb. 4th.
Donation by Anette Gordon-Head on 04/02/11
Donation by Casimir KH Iwaszkiewicz on 01/01/11
Donation by Mark Rainsley on 15/12/10
+ £2.82 Gift Aid
Donation by Claire Bouley on 08/12/10
Congratulations Frodo! (On more than one front now!)
Donation by Duncan Greenshields on 28/10/10
+ £14.10 Gift Aid
Donation by Anonymous on 22/10/10
From Ben's great-uncle in France
Donation by Emma Bonell on 14/10/10
+ £2.82 Gift Aid
Massive well done James. We are all very proud of you. Love from Dad, Tracey and Bel xxx
Donation by Nick Bonell on 13/10/10
+ £11.28 Gift Aid
From the profit from the fairtrade stall at RES
Donation by James on 12/10/10
Donation by Morag and Jim on 04/10/10
Donations from Katrina and Luke at Treliske.
Donation by gill bonell on 29/09/10
Donation by Richard Mayger on 21/09/10
+ £7.05 Gift Aid
Donations from friend of Faith and Sheelagh, Ann and Carolyn at Treliske.
Donation by Gill Bonell on 14/09/10
Donation by sam kimmins on 14/09/10
+ £11.28 Gift Aid
James - a gift from G & M Webster at Margate Grandad
Donation by Raymond RAVENSCROFT on 14/09/10
A little contribution for your mammoth effort. PS remember us to Kings Langley!
Donation by The Hills on 09/09/10
Well done James. I also suffer from Crohn's Disease and have recently been in hospital with a severe flare up, keep up the good work.
Donation by Christine Dunmore on 07/09/10
+ £5.64 Gift Aid
Donation by Richard Willson on 07/09/10
+ £5.64 Gift Aid
Donation by Mary Jarman on 07/09/10
Well done mate.
Donation by Dom Stone on 06/09/10
+ £5.64 Gift Aid
Donation by Jonathan Bradley on 06/09/10
Donation by shalifa rahman on 06/09/10
+ £5.64 Gift Aid
- * Online donations£6,746.00
- Offline donations£4,630.00
- Text donations£0.00
- Total raised£11,376.00
- Gift Aid£1,037.31
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