In January 2018, a team of six will trek 100km through the Arctic Circle, braving sub-zero temperatures, pulling their own equipment without huskies or snowmobiles. The challenge will be arduous, it will be painful and it will be exhausting but one thing will keep the team going throughout these trying conditions; raising money for Dreams Come True.
The team is made up of six Captains of the Construction Industry, Simon Flatt, Asela Rodrigo, Mark Vincent, Chris Pritchard, Michael Hoodless and Justin Wheatley. We spoke to Simon on the motivation behind the challenge and why they chose this challenge.
Simon says that although he loves a challenge, his main motivation behind this escapade was a challenge which resulted in doing something good. The first step was to find something which would be a unique experience and would therefore grab people’s attention.
I wanted to achieve maximum impact in terms of fundraising and to spread awareness of this charity’s hard work. This is not an easy challenge as it will be undertaken in extreme conditions and my hope is that this will increase the potential to raise as much money as possible.
Organised by Breaking Strain, the challenge certainly won’t be easy; Simon admits he was warned that it wasn’t for the faint hearted. It was this which lead him to “rope in five colleagues from within the construction industry”, and so the challenge was born.
The charity selected by the team, Dreams Come True, is a children’s charity that enriches the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting illnesses and conditions by allowing them to fulfill their dreams. Simon says;
With two children of my own it is hard not to be moved by the work that Dreams Come True do. I cannot imagine how tough it is for a child and their family to come to terms with a life changing illness or disability.
One story in particular really grabbed Simon – the story of 13-year-old Naomi who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014 and has since undergone intensive treatment, including a stem cell transplant.
Naomi wrote to Dreams Come True, telling them that she had always dreamed of visiting Hawaii and taking her younger brother Oscar, who bravely donated his bone marrow to save her life. Simon says that after reading Naomi’s story, he felt an “uncontrollable need to make this happen“.
When asked what will keep the team going throughout their challenge, Simon said that the team camaraderie and “many layers of clothing” will help when the going gets tough.
I’m looking forward to the enormous sense of accomplishment as a team. The thought of knowing that Naomi’s dream will shortly be coming true will be the inspiration we need to get through this challenge.