Three Jersey residents Giles Corbin, a trust and foundations lawyer at Mourant du Feu & Jeune, Mark Peters, a kitchen and bathroom fitter and David Agnes, who runs the perfume business Au Caprice, plan to complete a total of 3,474 kilometres by Kayak, Bicycle and on Foot in an epic, self-propelled charity challenge.
The three charity fund raisers have a target to raise £25,000, which equates to £7.60 per kilometre.
The challenge starts, weather permitting, on Wednesday 10 March 2010 with a Kayak paddle from Rozel to the nearest point of France, probably near Portbail. That's 14.2 nautical miles or 26km as the crow flies. The powerful fast tidal currents between Jersey and France will take the trio anything but in a straight line! Major challenges will be the cold, with a water and air temperature currently below 10C, adverse winds and choppy unprotected open waters. (Anything above a force 3 and this part will be deferred to later in 2010 when conditions are more settled).
They then plan to cycle a total of 3,014km from their landing point, calculated from Portbail in the Cherbourg Peninsula of Northern Brittany, France down to the Pyrenees in the South of France, cross the border into Spain and cycle right through Spain to Gibraltar on the South coast.
From there Giles will limp home, but Mark and David will press on, cross the Gibraltar Straits by ferry and cycle from Tangier on the North Coast of Morocco over 800kms to Ouazazate in Southern Morocco. That town hosts the 800 international entrants for the 2010 Marathon Des Sables dubbed "The Toughest Footrace on Earth" and involves running six marathons in the Sahara Desert, from 2 April to 9 April, carrying all seven days of food from the very start. Mark is going to tackle that part alone. 1
00% of the funds raised will go to charity. There is no administration charge whatsoever. Donors in a position to give as generously as £100 or more, who have been Jersey resident taxpayers for the last three years, should complete the R10 Form and send this with their donation by cheque to "The Endeavour Charitable Trust". Cheques should be posted to Advocate Giles Corbin at Mourant du Feu & Jeune, 22 Grenville Street, St Helier. This Trust is a Jersey qualifying charity recognised by the Comptroller of Income Tax in Jersey and eligible to receive an extra 25% of funds received with an R10 form.
In order to encourage donors, Giles Corbin is going to double pound for pound the first £1,000 of donations. As an illustration of the importance of the R10 form, Giles’ £1,000 will be increased by £250 by the Jersey income tax office, resulting in £1,250 given to good causes. Tax efficient giving is important. UK-based donors only should give via the ‘justgiving’ website page www.justgiving.com/endeavour-trust as UK Gift Aid can be collected for Make-A-Wish Foundation donations.
Giles Corbin said: “Every donation counts and, frankly, will make some sense of the lunacy of the challenge. I am passionate about these two charities – the Endeavour Charitable Trust and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For me, they create positive experiences in tragic circumstances. Children suffering from Leukaemia, Cancer and other life threatening illnesses clearly need love and support to battle through their illness. CLIC, a beneficiary of the Endeavour Charitable Trust, makes it possible for families to visit, hug and stand by their sick child. You can't put a price on that. Seriously sick Jersey children often need hospitals outside Jersey such as the wonderful Great Ormond Street Hospital. The cost of staying in London is prohibitive for many Jersey families. Dig into your pockets and help kids feeling scared and alone to get a hug from their family and feel loved.”
He added: “The Make-A-Wish Foundation tries to make a terminally sick child's dream come true – for example, a trip to Euro Disney – to provide an escape and a positive distraction from the harsh reality of illness. The importance is that this gives them something to look forward to or to reflect on when there is not much time left. Every paddle stroke, turn of the crank or step could have meaning with your donation. Please give generously."
The R10 LSD form is available from Cyril Le Marquand House or via their income tax website: http://www.gov.je/SiteCollectionDocuments/Tax%20and%20your%20money/F%20R10LSD%2020080814%20JleC.pdf
Facebook: Endeavour Charitable Trust – become a fan and follow the progress and photos of Giles, Mark and David: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Endeavour-Charitable-Trust/261375453230
Media enquiries Martyn White, Marketing Manager, Mourant du Feu & Jeune T: +44 (0)1534 609 007 E: firstname.lastname@example.org