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September 25, 2012

Andrew Fairbairn, Banbury Rotary Club, 25th September 2012

Andrew spoke to the Club about his 2009 challenge to kayak, cycle and walk from the Isles of Scilly to Shetland to raise £25,000 for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The Fairbairn Challenge is raising money for the Leonard Cheshire Disability. Andrew gave us a really awe inspiring account of his trip, or rather challenge, of cycling, walking and kayacking from the most southerly point of the UK to the most northerly point, in a 27 day period, to raise awareness and much needed funds for School 4 All, a Leonard Chesire initiative supporting children across Africa and Asia.

This was no mean feat by any stretch of the imagination: he went through many hours of training before the actual start of the expedition. Learning to kayak and cope with the varying types of weather and beating the odds. The starting point was Bishop’s Rock lighthouse, ending up at Muckle Flugga lighthouse in the Shetlands, a huge distance to cover and certainly no short walk to the corner shop and not always a smooth run.

It was lovely seeing the slide show of his amazing journey and hearing all his experiences, totally awe inspiring and all to raise money for Schools 4 All in Africa which helps disabled children get an education when they are often pushed to one side.

The motto of Rotary is service above self and this certainly was the case with Andrew he showed us nothing is impossible if you can dream it you can do it, Rotary in action.

Read more about Andrew’s challenge on the District website.

Deborah