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Richard Allen

Rowing The Atlantic Alone and Unsupported

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Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Commonwealth Row -[/p][p]This December, I will row the Atlantic Ocean, alone and unsupported from Sierra Leone, West Africa to Guyana, South America. [/p][p]The row will take two to three months in my 7m rowing boat, and see me face 30ft waves, severe sleep deprivation, total isolation, and cover well in excess of 3000 miles, some of it through the doldrums - a harsh weather system which has kept all previous attempted crossings far from this region of the Atlantic. [/p][p]The row has much of it’s origins from my time as a serving Royal Marines Commando during Sierra Leone’s war in 2000, and aims to draw people together from across the Commonwealth, to both highlight and work on some of the issues we all face, whilst raising money for two amazing charities who's work is helping the most vulnerable.[/p][p][b][u]Charities[/u][/b][/p][p][b][u] Street Child[/u][/b][/p][p]Street Child started working in Sierra Leone in 2008 when it was then the poorest nation in the world having only recently recovered from a devastating civil war.[/p][p]Their work in Sierra Leone began with a small handful of street children, connecting them to families and supporting them to go to school. [/p][p][img]https://jogger.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Street-Child-Charity.jpg[/img][/p][p]Now, Street Child works throughout Sierra Leone to support the country’s most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach children to go to school and learn.[/p][p]Whether supporting and empowering families, training teachers or building schools with communities in the most remote areas Street Child and their local partners, Street Child of Sierra Leone, work with communities and with the Ministry of Education to promote the importance of education.[/p][p][b][u] The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League[/u][/b][/p][p]They came from all over the Commonwealth, a million from Canada; 2.5 million from the Indian sub-continent; from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, the Far East and from across Africa.[/p][p][img]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/CBtVKTnGYuDQQNHiC3nh924EqNoqzUX7IGk-AZ-IbNzDgLO-XJjaIrrbplWX0EfigFVaTwZUneZe7rewhy-sWc4tMF-2ZiBnR2Gyg6j2v6mboIcI88sbfRqyHnC1KjDAkznAJ50qzy95ahmdmpj0KFq1wVLTbWgk-ea-i_6M3W927BhJhfksxZ_7fnfBtKXpofsVPuVT0L5cqr7XUilnRu5hPSr9RXIB6Ukst2e8Qq9M9beoWGM2lxKSEFhNnuQbIFoqaSDiX-xZr09tVlpBx4Y8XjPgvBE43tnrJIK0eNXsWEqVd4U7UszxKrsPPFnDfPbFzOfqbXNwaauPMdXkoxtEdVntAXB0zUbHBGYjpnzDaQP4nCov91YCfyG9MC8MebuvJ-621ir0b-e4yMFP72RINYEbC42wwR1o28nSCu4s_3dVqIgynirdrUx4TgY8OVG3ApmF3rqjzZeTQM8gsUZmG4XoayCwkMLLCFh-aMyw3vJGzeGaD8t2wZHvN6Zmew2EaZfb0xxoOh7XlktpHO7pVN7eRSONGfqC6z7NXjoocE-stCJ-Lye_jBQiaUoaODqoxT6R4pCJrLwTdPaKSJdSd7oaJx_nj4gpVOCdki1H8LefPA-M6qstbyjdYz1ZHSblV0ujcloz18BWIO-5cDQ=w550-h300-no[/img][/p][p][b]Those We Did Forget[/b][/p][p]Such is the demand today, that in some parts of the World, the charity is unable to provide more than 20 meals a month where it aims to provide a meal a day.[/p][p]The League currently has 56 member organisations in 49 Commonwealth countries where 40,000 eligible veterans have been identified. It acts as a link for ex-service organisations throughout the Commonwealth and provides welfare for those in desperate need. Financial support is also given to self-help projects that will generate local income.[/p][p][b][u]Why[/u][/b][/p][p]As a former Royal Marines Commando who served in Sierra Leone twice in 2000, I've been able to see first hand the devastation caused when there's a total collapse of politics, but what can be accomplished when people themselves come together to overcome these problems and achieve things together. [/p][p]This has not only been evident in during the civil war in Sierra Leone, but also during the Ebola crisis and devastating mudslides in the country. On each occasion, people came together from across the Commonwealth, rolled up their sleeves and overcame the problems.[/p][p]Sadly, to most of us in the UK and larger Commonwealth economies, the importance of the Commonwealth and the lives of its 2.4 billion people has been lost.[/p][p]The Commonwealth isn't about politics but people, all 2.4 billion of us, all brilliantly diverse and different but with one thing in common - each other. [/p][p][b][u]My Boat - Tamu'kke[/u][/b][/p][p]Tamu'kke is a 7.3 metre rowing boat. Her name means 'together' in Patamona, a native Amerindian tribe of present day Guyana, and was suggested by the tribe themselves and put forward by the tribal elder. [/p][p]Only around 5000 in the world speak the language, something that again demonstrates the unbelievable diversity of the Commonwealth.[/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/285663018/"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Feb 12, 2020

Clair Ridge Platform Welfare

Clair Ridge Platform Welfare Team, a great effort for a great cause.

£500.00 plus £125.00 Gift Aid

Nov 15, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 13, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 12, 2019

Dave May

Fantastic achievement for a worthy cause.

Nov 3, 2019

Andy Duncan

Well done mate what a great cause your doing it for.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 3, 2019

Justin Mann

Impressive stuff Richie, well done lad !

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 2, 2019


£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 1, 2019

Wilson Walshe

Amazing achievement in support of hugely deserving causes.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2019

Billy Khatib

great effort for a great cause Richy, well done pal

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 30, 2019


Great job! Well Done Richie :-)

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid