In a bid to raise £100,000 in funding for Doctors Without Boarders, Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner, two British doctors, have announced plans to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean. The feat, which is set to last a mere 84 days, has received sponsorship from, among others, consulting firm Brickendon.
Doctors Without Boarders (Médecins Sans Frontières) was founded in 1971 to provide emergency medical aid to the victims of conflict by French doctors that served in Biafra. Today the organisation operates out of 24 separate legal associate organisations that, under the umbrella of five operational directorates, manage MSF’s humanitarian assistance programmes across the globe.
The organisation draws funding from a host of streams, including donations from the public as well as fundraising efforts. In a bid to secure £100,000 in funding for the organisation, which operates in theatres in some of the world’s most dangerous places, Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner, two British doctors, are preparing to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean in just 84 days – breaking the world record.
The feat to row the Indian Ocean has only been done 20 times, and only four times by pairs – compared to feats like Mount Everest, which has been scaled more than 4000 times. The crossing attempt is to begin in Exmouth, Western Australia, in April bound for Port Louis, Mauritius. The three month crossing involves the pair rowing in two-hour shifts, 24-hours-a-day for the duration of the crossing.
About their motivation for their journey, Welman and Faulkner, reflect, “In the UK we are incredibly lucky to have such a comprehensive health service, free at the point of delivery and available to everyone who needs it. MSF helps people worldwide where need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to those affected by conflict, disasters or exclusion from healthcare.”
One of the firms that has committed its support to the charity quest of Welman and Faulkner is Brickendon Consulting, a management and technology consulting firm that specialises in the financial services industry. Brickendon's Chief Executive Chris Burke says he welcomed the opportunity to sponsor such a "worthwhile event and cause." He adds, “We are very excited and privileged to be involved with Doctors Adrift and will be cheering for them and promoting their cause as much as we can for the next few months."
Details of the sponsorship / financial support have not been disclosed by Brickendon Consulting.