In November/December/January 2018-2019 I am planning my most ambitious expedition yet – to cycle across the continent of Antarctica via the South Pole. As with my previous expeditions, I will be combining my passions and skills for expedition cycling, planning and presenting with philanthropy and education, though Breaking the Cycle South Pole is going to push my boundaries to a whole new level.
Breaking the Cycle Outreach
The DREAM education modules
The Breaking the Cycle education programme aims to help prepare our future leaders to make informed decisions to create a better world. This will be achieved via a series of four learning modules and a feature documentary.
The DREAM learning modules will be centred around Kate’s wealth of knowledge and experiences in creating, organising, executing and documenting her major bicycle expeditions, the Breaking the Cycle South Pole preparatory expeditions, and culminating in making the first bicycle crossing of the Antarctic continent via the South Pole. By following the journeys and engaging in the learning modules, students will create and perform their own activities and partake in curricula that is relevant to help prepare them to be future leaders, in whatever field they choose.
A video package of the four learning modules and a documentary will be a powerful legacy of the Breaking the Cycle South Pole expedition, motivating, engaging and inspiring youth for many years post-2018/19. They will be appropriate for formal and some non-formal learning situations (such as Scouts, Guides and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards).
Scouts Australia – Plan Do Review
Plan, Do, Review is an important element of the Scout program, that focuses on encouraging young people to plan and lead their own adventures. The review phase is also important to allow Scouts time to reflect and learn from their experiences. Through a series of videos and supporting resources, Scout Ambassador Kate Leeming will give a real life example from a modern explorer of how she goes about planning, doing and reviewing her journey. This will inspire Scouts to pursue their own adventurous journeys, including learning about the challenges faced by youth in other parts of the world and fundraising alongside their expedition to support other youth. This project will help further embed Plan, Do, Review and youth leadership in Scouting, as well as fundraising to support worthy projects.
Central to the communications plan will be a special app where people can follow the daily progress of the expedition, watch short videos, view images, listen to audio blogs, see daily data (GPS, weather conditions, distances, energy usage, etc) and participate in the fundraising effort.
There will also be a dedicated website, www.breakingthecycle.tv for the expedition where you can follow my team’s progress in greater detail and share in the highs and lows as they happen, become involved in the cause and outreach programmes and learn about my highly experienced team of experts – Eric Philips, Claudio von Planta and Stuart Kershaw – and be inspired!
To ensure that the team is fully prepared for the Antarctic crossing, a series of smaller expeditions and test runs are scheduled during 2018.
Here’s a short video of stills taken by Phil Coates on the team’s first training session in Spitsbergen, Norway.
Supporting HIV/AIDS in Africa
In addition to supporting access to education, I will use the Antarctic venture as a way of supporting The Global Fund, which finances medical and educational support programs targeting HIV-related diseases. To ensure that 100% of the funds reach those who need it, I am working with (RED) and Charity Miles. I encourage everyone to get involved. Charity Miles is a new fundraising model. It motivates participants to improve their fitness and raise funds as they exercise, but it does not require them to give money. The process is:
- Download the Charity Miles app (www.Charitymiles.org)
- Join my Breaking the Cycle Team (in the menu at the top left hand corner of the screen)
- Select (RED) as your chosen charity “Create the first AIDS free generation”
- Get moving – for every mile that you cycle, walk or run, 25c will be donated to (RED). The funds come from the Charity Miles sponsorship pool, not out of your pocket
- At the end of your workout you can share what you’ve achieved on social media
- Together, if many people join my Breaking the Cycle Team, we will raise a tidy sum for The Global Fund and directly benefit HIV/AIDS initiatives in Africa.
I am now focused on raising the sponsorship support to make BTC South Pole a reality. We’re seventy percent of the way there thanks to: Overland Journal, Dimension Data, Noel O’Brien, Sara and Christopher Reston, Simone Yeo, Australian Geographic, World Expeditions, Aldersley Capital, Christini Technologies, Mont Australia, Velocio, Ibis Cycles, VEE Tire Company, OORR, Intuition, Outdoor Journal, The Heat Company, HED Cycling, ENVE, 45NRTH, Revelate Designs, Hillebrand Tentmakers, Julbo Eyewear, Wilderness Wear, Ortleib, Snowgum, Ride Mechanic, Winning Spirit, HiQCell and Sportsmed Biologic and several private sponsors who are my major contributors to date.
Please contact Kate to discuss partnership opportunities (firstname.lastname@example.org)