A new year for adventure

The Aurora Borealis over Eielson Air Force base, Alaska
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Strang

It’s a brand new year, Adventure-seekers! And do you know what this means? No, not New Year resolutions — but that the Great Arctic Fundraisng Adventure is now a matter of weeks away! No longer is it “next year”, but instead something like 8 weeks away.

Am I crazy to be swapping a nice warm flat in east London for some basic cabins in the Arctic Circle, and exchanging my days of social media marketing for sledding across frozen lakes and Arctic forests?

People ask me “Isn’t life an adventure on its own?”. So, maybe I am crazy, because the answer for me is no. When I am looking up at the Aurora Borealis, or speeding across the Arctic tundra with a pack of huskies I will know this is why I am doing it.

Not forgetting the other reason why I am doing it, either — raising £6,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The new University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre will open this year, and cost £100 million to build. Macmillan Cancer Support will be making its biggest ever contribution, of £10 million, towards the centre. The University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre will be the first of its kind in the NHS and will redefine the ways patients are treated, using the best diagnostic and treatment techniques to improve survival rates.

Macmillan will provide a Wellbeing Centre within the building where people affected by cancer can find the best information and support, including advice around coping with personal and financial impact of cancer and returning to work.

The start of a new year can be hard when you have lost loved ones. You wonder what their plans might have been for the year ahead. It can also be tough on anyone living with cancer, or caring for someone living with cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support are there, providing help and support. If you want to find out more about Macmillan, or would like to contact them follow the links or visit http://www.macmillan.org.uk/

So far I have raised £3,359 towards the Great Arctic Fundraising Adventure for Macmillan — and this year promises more pub quizzes, more station collections, and the Aurora Borealis.  You can help support the Arctic Adventure with a donation here or by buying a fundraising calendar here.

The Arctic Calendar

The Arctic Calendar
Image courtesy of Amanda at Apples & Green

The lovely and talented Amanda of Apples and Green fame has produced a charity 2012 calendar for the Great Arctic Fundraising Adventure.

Rejecting the clichéd slightly rude and nude “Calendar Girls” style, Amanda has instead gone back to the 1950s for a vintage pin-up inspired calendar, featuring members of her community theatre group, Starling Arts, along with work
colleagues, at least two members of RunDemCrew, and some mutual friends.

The Arctic Calendar project started for Amanda as a pie-in-the-sky idea hatched one Saturday evening in an East London pub.  It was hard to guess how popular it would be, but a dozen or so helpful volunteers would be all that was needed to get it off the ground.

Just 10 days later, and Amanda had over 20 models, all volunteering their time to dress in their favourite vintage inspired looks and spend an afternoon playing in front of the camera, all for a good cause.  4 photo shoots and countless hours of photo editing on, and there were drunk housewives, retro Playboy bunnies,  dashing gentlemen, swimsuit models, and a whole host of other great styles.

Producing the calendars in time for Christmas meant some delays in printing and delivery from Vistaprint — in fact, the original samples ordered were so delayed that they only arrived this week — but the original print run sold like hot cakes, and the desk calendars have all sold out.

Luckily, there are still wall calendars left, so you can start 2012 in style.  To get your own Arctic Calendar and help raise money for The Great Arctic Fundraising Adventure, order a calendar online at http://arcticcalendar.bigcartel.com.

The Arctic Calendar
Image courtesy of Amanda at Apples & Green