Tourism

Aussie hero Kurt Fearnley joins Chimu on fundraising cruise

If you’ve been eyeing off Antarctic adventures then allow us to give you yet another reason to set sail.

Chimu adventures just announced Aussie hero and Paralympian, Kurt Fearnley, will be accompanying guests to the white continent on the adventure travel company’s February 2020 cruise to Antarctica, Antarctica Empowered!

Fearnley is a passionate advocate for disability charities and a portion of the berth sales will be donated to Chimu’s MAD project where, working directly with Kurt Fearnley, the funds will reach education programmes for people with disabilities living in marginalised areas.

This announcement coincides with the launch of Chimu’s Live for Today campaign which encourages travellers to take charge of the moment and live life to the full.

This is a sentiment embodied by Fearnley and, as Antarctica is a place where society ceases to exist and being present is of sole importance, this voyage is the perfect stage to galvanise awareness and support for individuals with disabilities.

Born in New South Wales, Australia, in 1981 without the lower part of his spine, Fearnley’s previous achievements include his first gold medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympics and conquering the New York, Chicago and London marathons multiple times.

In addition to wheelchair racing, he has crawled the notorious Kokoda Track which runs a gruelling 96 kilometres overland.

Kurt Kokoda

Travelling to Antarctica as Chimu Adventures’ special guest on Antarctica Empowered will be a new experience as he undertakes shore excursions and landings to view the otherworldly scenery and wildlife with his fellow passengers.

Hosting under 200 guests, this Chimu Exclusive Cruise will depart from Ushuaia in Argentina on the 21st February 2020 and will sail the dramatic Antarctic Peninsula for 11 days viewing glaciers, icebergs, whales, penguins and sea birds as it cruises.

Guests aboard Antarctica Empowered can expect inspiring talks from Fearnley about his extraordinary life and fundraising events such as an auction of ‘money can’t buy experiences;’ the proceeds of which will be donated to educational programmes in marginalised locations for people with disabilities through Chimu’s MAD Project.

“My education instilled in me the value of expectation. Expectation which I treasure to this day,” Fearnley said.

“When travelling internationally, I’ve seen a life without expectation and without education and that can be more disabling than any disability.

“I hope to play a small part to increase the participation of people with disabilities in marginalised communities around the world. And I look forward to you joining me in that journey.”

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