Project Update. Campaign is now closed
The last 5 days has been a mixture of emotions! Most have been of great excitement! This is the closest I have been to making the swim a reality, and that's because of all of you who have supported me throughout! Sourcing the right support boat and crew took two years due to the unique requirements of the swim and obtaining the support of amazing companies was a tremendous challenge whilst also working full-time in IT and finding the time to train. And although the boat and crew are ready to depart from Cape Town in the coming days, the swim will not take place. The cost of the venture has come down from around $2 million, but I am still $155,000 short. The last 5 days the project was able to raise $14,600!
It would have taken two months for the boat to reach New York and I would not be able to leave Manhattan later than the first or second week of April due to the onset of the hurricane season. Leaving in April would stand me the safest possible option for doing the transoceanic crossing, likely arriving in the English Channel around July with the peak of the hurricanes occurring in September.
As for now, I will be in touch personally with all my sponsors, donors and Oxfam to decide the next best steps going forward in the next few days.
Thank you all for your continued support.
The amazing list of companies that have got me this far: