The finals of the Kukri Adventure Scholarship were held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Friday 8th February. It was a tough call and as it turned out it was a caring, sharing experience as 5 of the 7 finalists were all announced winners!
The Mississippi Challenge
Sam Norman, Matt Fraser and Harry Hogg were given £3,000 for their ‘Mississippi Challenge’ in the summer. Their epic journey will take them down the Mississippi river from source to sea by kayak. They will paddle 2400 miles in 2-3 months. Sam comments: “Getting recognized by the Kukri Adventure Scholarship is amazing for the Mississippi Challenge. It now allows us to focus on raising money for our charity, Help for Heroes and to start sharing our story with as many people as possible. Thank you Kukri!” The boys plan on leaving at the start of June and return 2-3 months later in August/September.
Nick Hancock – Rock Solo
Nick Hancock and his ‘Rocksolo’ adventure was awarded £3,500. Nick, who lives in Edinburgh, plans to live on Rockall – a tiny island off the West Coast of Scotland – for 60 days completely on his own and without any support. Nick plans to leave (weather dependent!) in the last week of May and return the first week of August.
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‘Adventure 2013’ is a journey to take a group of young sailors to the end of the world to the Antarctic and was awarded £7,000. Clare Thorpe, The 1st Mate On the Adventure, adds: “It’s absolutely amazing to win part of the Kukri Adventure Scholarship. We really enjoyed the finals and it was great to have the chance to talk with some of the inspirational judges and to get to know the other winners. We are looking forward to working with Kukri and are excited by the opportunities this might open up for us.’” They plan on setting off from Falmouth on the 24th of September, returning to Falmouth on the 17th May 2014. They have their farewell party set for Saturday 21st of September! Enjoy the party guys!
Super Cycling Man
SuperCyclingMan AKA Will Hodson plans to raise money for charity while cycling around the world and inspiring school children to ‘get on their bike’. He was given £1,500. This year he plans to cycle from Turkey to Turkmenistan and aims to leave in July 2013 and return in August/September.
Finally, Niall Iain MacDonald plans to row solo from New York to Stornoway – a route never done before – raising money for Charity and inspiring people on the way. Niall has suffered from depression in the past and wants to prove to everyone that we are all capable of amazing things. The Kukri Adventure Scholarship awarded him £5,000. His plan is to be on standby from mid-May. He’s estimating a crossing of approx 3 months and envisages arriving in Stornoway at the beginning of September.
We will be following our adventurers’ every movement and will be wishing them all the luck in the world. Stay safe guys, have fun and return to us healthy and happy.