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We are two professors from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, who are spending 60 days at sea as part of the International Ocean Discovery Expedition 361 ‘South African Climates’. We are studying how the Agulhas Current, off South Africa, has influenced global climate change over the past 5 million years. (http://iodp.tamu.edu/scienceops/expeditions/southern_african_climates.html)
While we are at sea the 'IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships' will take place in Cardiff on Saturday 26th March 2016.
We will be running this half marathon as part of Team Cardiff University, but we are slightly unusual team members because we will be running on board the Research Vessel Joides Resolution (JR), which will be bobbing about in the Indian Ocean, somewhere off the coast of South Africa….and our challenge involves running 328 times around the JR's helideck! We are hoping for calm seas.
We are supporting a small but ever growing South African charity, located in the Western Cape, called the Goedgedacht Trust, which promotes “education, health and well-being, personal development and care for the planet” as the core values underpinning a programme designed to create a ‘Path Out of Poverty’ (POP) and transform the lives of children growing up in in rural African communities. It currently operates 17 different schemes, including youth/personal development projects, educational support programmes, ‘safe houses’ on farms that provide safe places, care and food for children caught up in family violence, a specialised crèche for children affected by Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. The goal is to put an additional 10,000 rural children onto the Project in the next 10 years by building and opening new POP centres throughout South Africa.
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