I have been a happily singing member of the Questor’s Choir since January 2013 and it has given me great joy. However, in August my partner Andy and I step on board a 70 foot racing yacht, with 20 other amateurs and one professional skipper to race against 11 other yachts: challenging our limits to raise money for the Motor Neurone Association in memory of our dear friend Clare who died of MND in 2013. Clare’s partner Jon died of cancer 18 months before her, so after 38 years together, they each died of insidious, progressive diseases, both aged 58.
Clare and Jon loved the outdoor life, spending their life's energies to protect and regenerate it. They worked everywhere from the Antarctic to Stephen's Island Tuatara Sanctuary, they planted trees, preserved habitats. Clare was also a gifted teacher working to inspire the young in mathematics and in horticulture.
This is like nothing we have ever done before and although I will alight in Brazil (and then return to New Zealand), Andy will be completing the circumnavigation, taking 11 months and enduring the southern ocean, the Sydney to Hobart, the Ice Gate of the Northern Pacific during the winter and other incredible adventures. We want to remind all of the tenets that Clare and Jon lived by; do only good and experience it all! Live life to the full and go hard. If our commitment to their memory inspires others to do the same or, to give a little to those that suffer, then so be it.