UK crew aim to take new world speed record and help those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
In June 2017, a British crew, Indian Ocean 17, will be setting off from Western Australia to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean in a 27-foot-long ocean rowing boat. Once they leave shore, they will be on their own in the vast open ocean and at the mercy of the elements. Powered only by their oars, the boat they will call home for anything between 65 and 85 days will have to provide everything they will need to survive. Rowing in 2 hour shifts and then resting for 2 hours, no member of the crew will have more than 90 minutes sleep at a time. It will be an enormous mental and physical challenge.
The reason for this incredible endurance challenge is to raise awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD).
One of the Indian Ocean 17 crew has YOPD and the consequent media coverage surrounding the event is expected to provide the crew with the ideal platform to achieve this objective and hopefully inspire others with YOPD to find their own challenge, take up exercise and to keep moving.
It’s also hoped that they might set a new world speed record along the way…
CLEAR Trust is delighted to announce that our special ambassador, the international rugby superstar Mike Brown has recently been engaged in fund-raising for the charity. Mike, who is currently playing for England in the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament, raised the money by auctioning some of his unused England training kit. His donation will enable us to buy buying specialist equipment to provide exercise sessions to young people, some of whom are wheelchair bound with profound, multiple physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
Since Mike’s involvement, the CLEAR Trust has received its highest ever number of applications from students who elect to spend 150 hours in the Unit as part of their Work Experience Module at Oxford Brookes University. Everyone here at the Trust, and the students, children and adults who attend the CLEAR Unit thank Mike for his contribution. We wish him every success and, along with the rest of the country, sincerely hope he remains injury free for the rest of the season
More information can be found here on the Oxford Brookes news page
We are delighted to announce that international rugby player, Mike Brown (Harlequins and England) has agreed to act as special Ambassador for the CLEAR Trust during the 2015/16 season and beyond. Mike is currently playing for England in the Rugby World Cup, and in the opening game displayed the outstanding, man-of –the-match winning form that compelled the public to vote him RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship in 2014.
Mike developed an interest in brain and spinal injury after suffering concussion during the 6 Nations tournament earlier this year. He has since made a complete recovery however, Mike has a deeper personal interest in the work of the CLEAR Trust because his father is occasionally wheelchair dependent due to multiple sclerosis.
After the World Cup Mike hopes to meet some of the children we work with, and pay a visit to the CLEAR Unit at Oxford Brookes University. In the meantime we wish him and the England team every success.