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Dear Friends, Family, Workmates and Supporters,

I'm participating in Shackleton Epic as a member of the crew onboard the expedition support vessel, Australis.  This is a very exciting and challenging time for me – I will be witnessing history in the making in Antarctica.  Now I need your support to help protect the Antarctic’s fragile environment.  Please make a donation to support Fauna & Flora International’s work via this page.

Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the greatest survival stories in history and has inspired adventurers across every continent over three generations.  In honour of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s remarkable 800 nautical mile voyage across the Southern Ocean, from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and his crossing of its mountainous interior, the Shackleton Epic expedition will attempt the first authentic recreation of Shackleton’s feat by sailing Alexandra Shackleton, a purpose-built, exact replica of Shackleton’s 22.5-foot (6.9m) lifeboat, James Caird across the same stretch of open ocean and then attempt to cross the rugged peaks of South Georgia.

As Shackleton Epic’s conservation partner, FFI will benefit from funds raised through the expedition which will support the charity’s vital work to protect some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and species on the planet.

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Original Voyage

In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 28 men embarked on an expedition to cross the Antarctic Continent from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea.  Disaster struck the expedition when its ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could be landed. There followed a sequence of exploits, and an ultimate escape with no lives lost, that would eventually assure Shackleton's heroic status.

To mark the centenary of this amazing voyage, British-Australian explorer Tim Jarvis AM will, with five other adventurers are attempting to become the first to authentically re-enact Shackleton’s perilous ‘double journey’ across sea and land using traditional gear – an expedition they have dubbed Shackleton Epic.  The only concessions to the use of modern equipment will be the storage of emergency equipment and radios, and the presence of a support vessel, all of which will only be called upon in the event of a real crisis.

My involvement in Shackleton Epic

Before the expedition departs, I will join seven others onboard the expedition support vessel and tour several Antarctic locations, no doubt seeing awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife.  Following this, we will farewell the Shackleton Epic expedition before departing on a Patagonian expedition.

Whilst onboard the support vessel I will participate in shipboard activities, learning about navigation, practical seamanship and meteorology and will have the opportunity to learn from experts about FFI’s conservation programs and the international program based on Shackleton’s legendary leadership qualities, Shackleton’s Way. During the voyage we will also be involved in learning about the Antarctic's geography and wildlife as well as assisting with environmental monitoring.

You can read more about this voyage on the Shackleton Epic website, or read more about the work that Fauna & Flora International (FFI) carries out across the world on the FFI website

Please consider donating to FFI through Shackleton Epic.  

Warmest wishes and many thanks,

Jane

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February update - enormous thanks to all who've given thus far. Please see my 2 stories from my Antarctica experience at: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/community/blog/?p=3338 http://www.intrepidtravel.com/community/blog/?p=3371 Thanks again for your support!

19/02/13 08:49

Thanks very much for the recent donations everyone! See my story at: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/community/blog/?p=3206 and also check my Facebook page for photographic updates.

07/02/13 16:51

Thanks hugely to all for your gifts to our precious planet through FFI Shackleton Epic update story from me: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/community/blog/?p=3116#more-3116

08/01/13 02:18

Raising money for

Fauna & Flora International

Fauna & Flora International

Charity Registration No. 1011102

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world's first conservation organisation, established in 1903. Our vision is of a sustainable future for the planet, where biodiversity is effectively conserved by the people who live closest to it, supported by the global community.

Donations 46

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Many thanks to all who came Tue 23rd to my talk & contributed to FFI. Cheers, Jane

Donation by Jane Crouch on 26/04/13

$62.50

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Dear Jane, You're an inspiration to me!

Donation by Gillian Riches on 23/04/13

$100.00

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Donation by Anna Wade on 25/03/13

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Door collection from Shackleton Epic presentation 21st March, Melbourne. Thanks everyone who came!

Donation by Jane Crouch on 22/03/13

$316.50

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Hi Jane, congrats on your incredible adventure, and for using the opportunity to raise awareness. I am so sorry I can't be there tonight,

Donation by Anna Trembath on 21/03/13

$30.00

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So looking forward to hearing the stories and seeing the photos Jane! Carmel

Donation by Carmel Grant on 17/03/13

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Amazing journey great cause

Donation by Meredith Quick on 06/03/13

$20.00

An amazing adventure Jane & a very worthwhile cause you are raising funds for!

Donation by Jane Myers on 20/02/13

Donation by Melissa Cannon on 19/02/13

$100.00

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Thank you so much for sharing this opportunity & your adventure! Following this amazing Shackleton Epic from the beautiful hills of East Tennessee...

Donation by Mary Ann Emanuel on 23/01/13

$100.00

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Thanks for the photo Jane. Looks like an amazing experience. Very inspiring.

Donation by Pamela Speldewinde on 22/01/13

$15.06

Donation by wendy mayne on 17/01/13

$30.45

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Keep going Jane. Reading Shackleton's Boat Journey. So proud of you. Sal xx

Donation by Sally Hayes on 16/01/13

£10.00

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Remarkable Jane! We're cheering for you. Enjoy this very special journey!

Donation by Anita Dodds on 14/01/13

£20.00

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You are a star Jane. Looking forward to seeing your pics. Take care

Donation by Paul Taylor on 14/01/13

$76.60

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Say hi to a penguin for me! Enjoy,

Donation by JB on 10/01/13

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Have an amazing adventure! I think you'll need to be a guest at The Dinner Table! Savour every moment of an incredible experience! x

Donation by Tina Jensen on 09/01/13

$25.00

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Good luck Jane!

Donation by Katie Dance on 09/01/13

$30.58

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Best wishes to you Jane. Hope you have a wonderful time doing what you most love doing. Best wishes

Donation by Joanne and Clive Lipinski on 07/01/13

$30.74

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Have a wonderful time Jane and enjoy every minute!! xx

Donation by Kate McLean on 06/01/13

$30.74

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Jan we hope you have a fantastic trip and look forward to hearing all about it when you return.

Donation by Carolyn Van Dort on 06/01/13

£20.00

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Happy Birthday Janie Hope the experience is great.

Donation by Sue Nuttall on 06/01/13

$150.00

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Happy Birthday Jane! Have a fantastic trip!

Donation by Mandy Trueman on 06/01/13

$30.74

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Donation by Kylie Whyte on 05/01/13

$30.83

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Safe travels Jane! It's an amazing inspiring journey

Donation by Vanessa Calvert on 05/01/13

$15.42

Donation summary

  • * Online donations$2,708.22
  • Offline donations$0.00
  • Text donations$0.00
  • Total raised$2,708.22
  • Gift Aid$0.00

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