Day Sixteen: Pacific Ocean
It seems like we’ve been out in the Pacific Ocean forever and today is no different. We’re into the last stretch now, it should be only a couple more days before we hit land and take trip exploring the beautiful range of culture, terrain and countries within the South America’s.
A few hundred kilometres in the distance, and a few hundred years ago, some wooden outrigger canoes, manned by a small number of Polynesians landed on a small, uninhabited island. Filled with rolling hills and lush palm trees, and covering only 63 square miles, this island called Rapa Nui would become their home – but not forever. The mystery of Rapa Nui, known commonly as Easter Island, has troubled historians for years. At some point, the traditional islanders vanished without a trace and only left behind the iconic Moai’s as a evidence of their existence. We still don’t really know what happened and its likely we never will.
We passed Easter Island just after hitting the halfway point of our journey and not long after we’ve also now hit well over half of the donation goal for the challenge (£10,000). A HUGE thank you to everyone has supported our group of riders and the effort they’ve put in. We’ve now raised £6,515 in supporting the efforts of Médecins Sans Frontières. The work they do is absolutely essential and even more so during the unfortunate circumstances we find ourselves in currently.
Médecins Sans Frontières
Here’s some ways to keep updating with the work that MSF have done to help the COVID-19 crisis.
Originally broadcast on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today program, MSF Doctor Khairil Musa shares his experiences in treating COVID-19 patients at the al-Amal hospital in Yemen. Yemen is one of the hardest-hit countries, years of brutal conflict have denied the healthcare infrastructure resources they desperately need. (Interview starts around 36:50)
MSF aid workers doctor Alan Pereira and doctor Natalie Roberts recently hosted a webinar explaining the humanitarian impacts of COVID-19. Alan led the medicinal team working in the London COVID Care Centre for homeless people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
You can find out more about MSF’s response and activities to the COVID-19 crisis, here.
Distance Travelled: 28,001km
Journey Finished: 68.17%
Money Raised: £6,515
Countries Visited: 18 Countries
Day 16 Leader Board
- Kimberley Langley – 140.96km
- Darren Fox – 131.77km
- Emma Jones – 123km
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