On 20 December 2015, five days later than originally planned, four girls set off to undertake the famous challenge of rowing 3000 nautical miles, unaided, across the Atlantic. While they row, they are fundraising for Plan UK’s “Because I am a Girl” campaign and they hope to not only raise money, but also awareness. These four girls, Bella, Olivia, Gee and Lauren are the youngest female four person crew to take on the Talisker Challenge: a race to row from La Gomera to Antigua.
We asked the team why they had undertaken this mammoth challenge. Lauren told us that she had attempted the race 2 years ago and “everything that could go wrong with the boat, did“. Lauren spent 96 days at sea during that attempt, and so wants to take on the challenge again.
The 4 girls met through mutual friends who had rowed the Indian Ocean and this year have jointly chosen to fundraise for Plan UK, who really stood out with their ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign. They told us
“As 4 girls taking on this huge challenge, we felt connected to this charity’s work and know that this gruelling challenge ahead is nothing compared to what millions of girls around the world face everyday. Hence why ‘Row Like a Girl’ was born.”
Across the globe, girls’ rights are threatened by poverty, gender inequality, violence, poor education, ingrained attitudes, conflicts and disasters and Plan UK work to reduce these threats worldwide.
During their incredibly tough challenge, the girls face a lack of personal space and a lack of sleep, all the while dealing with a life and death situation. When asked what will keep them going, the girls said “the thought of the first shower and the first meal once they arrive in Antigua will keep them going.”
Although the challenge will be as arduous as they come, the girls have treated themselves to some ‘luxury’ items including mouthwash, deodorant and bronzer. They also plan to take a “disgusting amount of chocolate” as they have to consume so many calories during the challenge.
Row Like a Girl are four ordinary girls doing something extraordinary because they want other girls to know that they can do it too.
As of today, the girls are past half way. To support them in their amazing challenge, you can sponsor them via their Virgin Money Giving page.