The Polar Maidens is a team of ‘ordinary’ women, each born in a different decade who are about to embark on a gruelling expedition to the South Pole. They come from England, Ireland and India with ages ranging from 24 to 74!
Antarctica is the coldest, highest and driest continent on earth. It is 58 times the size of the UK and 98% is covered by an ice sheet that averages at least 1 mile thick.
The Polar Maidens have four main goals:
1 – SCIENTIFIC: Find out how women of different ages react to the same extreme conditions and recover physically and emotionally. It’s been done with men and with athletes – but not a team of more ‘ordinary’ women. Prof Chris Imray, from Warwick Medical School, is an international leader in extreme medicine. He will be advising the Polar Maidens on physiological and psychological measurements.
2 – PERSONAL: Undertake a rather more personal mission of completing the journey of renowned explorer, Tom Crean, from Scott’s 1910 expedition. He is the grandfather to one of the Polar Maidens (Aileen). By reaching the South Pole a century later, the Polar Maidens are also showing how far women have come since the 1900’s in terms of physical strength and spirit.
3 – ENVIRONMENTAL: Tanvi, one of the Polar Maidens, is advising the team on how they can be the most environmentally friendly expedition to the South Pole. They will be planting trees on their return to offset their carbon footprint and using as much recyclable equipment as possible. The team want to reinforce the message of how important it is to preserve this unique Antarctic environment.
4 – PHILANTHROPIC: Raise funds for the INSPIRATIONELLE FOUNDATION so that grants can be given to more women and young people looking to complete an extraordinary project.
The team has been put together by Jan Meek who will celebrate her 74th birthday in Antarctica. She hopes to get another Guinness World Record for this journey too. Find out more about Jan and each of the intrepid Polar Maidens.
The expedition will be raising funds for the Inspirationelle Foundation. If you would like to support the Polar Maidens and the Foundation please visit our GoFundMe page – thank you. Corporate sponsors, please see our sponsorship options and contact us directly. If you would like a Polar Maiden to be a fascinating and inspirational speaker for your business or charity fundraising event, we’d be happy to help in return for sponsorship. Please find out more.
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