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£865raised of £40,000 target by 14 supporters

Weʼre raising £40,000 to enable Ghazala to walk the Last Degree of the South Pole Energy Challenge-the first polar expedition in history to use only renewable energy

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South Pole, Antarctica
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Step by Step is my campaign to join the South Pole Energy Challenge (SPEC) - Last Degree. I have already raised £25k -over 1/3 of total of £70k required to enlist!
I have been invited by Robert Swan OBE to join the SPEC expedition at 60 nautical miles from the South Pole - the Last Degree. Using NASA technology, the challenge will be the first polar expedition to be solely fuelled by renewable energy, using only the sun, wind and biofuels. No fossil fuels will be used on the 600 mile, 50 day man-haul across Antarctica, arriving at the South Pole January 2018.
If we can survive Antarctica, the coldest, driest and most inhospitable place on Earth, Step by Step, we can make similar changes in our everyday lives.
I am a surgeon and an Associate Postgraduate Dean in the NHS working in Sheffield. I am married to the Mountaineer Roger Mear and we have two young sons. I live in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak National Park.
For half my life, it has been my dream to experience the Antarctic Polar Plateau.
Antarctica - the last great wilderness - is under threat from global warming. Glaciers are retreating and ice shelves the size of France are breaking-up. Despite the urgent need to reduce manmade emissions, business has continued as usual. 2016 has already seen the hottest temperatures yet recorded.
30 years ago, Gareth Wood, Roger Mear and Robert Swan made the first unsupported journey to the South Pole ‘In the Footsteps of Scott’. Step by step they made it happen. In celebration, a Mear and Swan will again walk to the South Pole in January 2018. This time they carry a message of responsibility and sustainability. At the South Pole, where all lines of longitude converge, our individual actions - what we buy, sell and consume - connect us all and their impact affects us globally.
NOW is the time to act, to build a sustainable future, based on renewable energy to preserve not only Antarctica, but the world for our children.
Step by Step EVERYONE can make a difference.

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  • Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

    Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

    11 days ago

    Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

    Wanna see the beautiful Hathersage Pool flag at the South Pole? To celebrate Hathersage Swimming Pool having Solar Panels on the refurbished Pavilion, I am challenging 60 people to push themselves and swim a sponsored 1 mile to support me in my South Pole Energy Challenge. You have already donated £650! If we collectively raise £5k, I'll take the beautiful pool flag to the South Pole with me! Deadline extended to the end of the high season. Pick up sponsorship pack at the pool office today.

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  • Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

    Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

    11 days ago

    Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

    Wow, so many good things happening all because of people like you! To face a fear of the 'monster from the deep lagoon' in deep dark open water, I swam 1 mile on Lake Windermere in the Great North Swim 9th June. With very cold and choppy water, I have to say it was a mental and physical challenge I will remember for some time. Thank you to all my sponsors from home, work and overseas for your wonderful and generous support, fantastic! Getting closer to my target of walking in the South Pole Energy Challenge, keep in touch!

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  • Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

    Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

    4 months ago

    Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

    Rewards: All my supporters will be credited on my website when I go! £150 will get you a copy of 'In the Footsteps of Scott', the first unsupported walk to the south Pole, signed by the author Roger Mear. £350 will get the book above and a signed framed (A3 image size) limited edition print of 'Parhelion on Polar Plateau' below, taken by Roger Mear in January 1986, just before the team arrived at the South Pole. It shows sastrugi (windblown snow in the foreground) never to have been trodden by anyone! Many thanks to you all.

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  • Jo Pass

    Jo Pass

    Jul 17, 2017

    Sponsorship for our girl power swim from Kate and Amelie and Frances grandparents.

    £20.00

  • Sheila

    Sheila

    Jul 15, 2017

    Great swim from the girls next door, Amelie, Frances and Jo. Congratulations

    £20.00

  • Jo Pass

    Jo Pass

    Jul 15, 2017

    We used our girl power to swim a mile towards you using your girl power in the Antartic. Go girl love Amelie,France's and jo

    £30.00

  • Jenny Pass

    Jenny Pass

    Jul 15, 2017

    I hope you manage to raise the money to do this dream challenge. Good luck and best wishes from jo's family. X

  • Christopher James

    Christopher James

    Jul 7, 2017

    £250.00

  • JOHN ELLICOCK

    JOHN ELLICOCK

    Jun 24, 2017

    Good luck and best wishes from fellow Hathersage Pool user.

    £100.00

  • Barbara Murray

    Barbara Murray

    Jun 14, 2017

    Well done on that challenge!! :)

    £30.00

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Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

Ghazala Ahmad-Mear

South Pole, Antarctica

I am a surgeon and an Associate Postgraduate Dean in the NHS based in Sheffield. I am married to Mountaineer Roger Mear, have two young sons and a cancer survivor from Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1996. This unique invite is an 'offer I cannot refuse' to fulfil a lifelong ambition.

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