The foursome – including two of the infamous ‘Atlantic Angels’ – will race 3,720 miles from Australia to Mauritius in a 29 foot rowing boat to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.
Fiona Waller, 34, one of the crew, said:
“I saw my mother, Elisabeth, go through and eventually die from breast cancer in 2000. I was also diagnosed with cancer just after my 30th birthday so I have seen the impact this disease can have. This fundraising is my way of saying thank you to those that helped my Mum and improved her quality of life whilst she was going through horrendous treatments”.
The ‘Angels’ are currently the only women’s four to enter the 2009 Woodvale Challenge, being heralded as ‘the world’s toughest rowing race’. Fewer people have successfully rowed across the Indian Ocean than have walked on the moon! It will be the biggest challenge, achievement and adventure of their lives and will stretch them to the limits of their physical and mental endurance.
Rowing through 50 foot waves they’re hoping to arrive in Mauritius approximately 75 days later. To ensure that they don’t feel so alone they want to take all of their supporters with them. The faces of each of their supporters will be pictured on the hull of their “Faceboat”. People can jump aboard at www.oceanangels.co.uk
They hope their epic voyage and supporters will help them raise £50,000 for Breast Cancer Care.
The driving forces behind the team are Sarah Duff, 25, and Fiona Waller, 34, who both rowed the Atlantic earlier this year, as part of the ‘Atlantic Angels’.
“We hope people will be really excited by this challenge and want to get involved. We need everyone who would like to support the Ocean Angels and our charity to sign up on our website, just send us your photo, a donation if you can and jump on board!”
“Just think, you can say you crossed the Indian Ocean on a rowing boat without even having to lift an oar – leave that to us! The more people that help the more faces there will be on the boat. Our ‘FaceBoat’ supporters can follow our progress at www.oceanangels.co.uk”
The extended Angels team includes a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist to ensure that the girls are in shape to row 2 hours on, 2 hours off, all day every day. They will face sleep deprivation, salt sores and the physical extremes that the row will inflict – and will be at the mercy of the weather from extreme heat to mountainous waves, not to mention dodging commercial ships.
To keep their energy levels up they will have to eat 7,000 calories of freeze-dried army rations a day, and make their own drinking water with a desalinator. They are asking their friends to provide them with music playlists and messages of support to help pass the time, and the Angels will be updating their blog regularly to keep their followers up to date with progress and morale.
To donate and get your face on the boat, please go to their website: www.oceanangels.co.uk. The Ocean Angels are still looking for enthusiastic partners for sponsorship of project costs who would like to support a great cause and challenge! Ring 07985 962 427 for more information on how to get involved.