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Old 26 January 2005, 08:19   #1
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Hi,

A friend of mine has recently set up a fund raising organisation following the terrible events in Asia. The objective of which is to raise funds children, initially in Asia but over time worldwide

I have been thinking of what I can do to help and would like some feedback from everyone as to the following idea. It is still very early days, however I am keen to organise something this spring/summer.

My initial thoughts are some kind of cruise/challenge that whilst being challenging enough to encourage people to sponsor you, not to difficult so that it is not enjoyable for those who take part.

The thing that has initially sprung to mind is a cruise from Pembrokeshire over to Ireland and then along the coast and eventually out to the fastnet rock and back again. I'm not sure how long and difficult this would be? Any thoughts.

The object of this would be to fund a specific project. So for example you can build an entire Children’s Nursery in Sri Lanka, which has obviously been hit very hard by the Tsunami.

The cost of this is around £2,500 so I figure if say 10 boats are involved the target is only £250 per "team".

If you feel that we could raise more, £10,000 will build an entire children’s home! Unbelievable I know, but true.

Please don't stamp on my enthusiasm. You may think my idea of the fastnet is unrealistic/stupid. If so I am open to any suggestions. Hopefully you will all agree that the principal of having fun and raising money for a very needy cause is sound.

Therefore, I would really appreciate suggestions and comments but also an idea of who would be interested in participating. We could really get some good publicity. Especially if a few commercial operators got involved who have good contacts in the press/tv etc (John from Quinquari?)

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Tony.
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Old 29 January 2005, 14:06   #2
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Come on, this can't be that bad an idea!
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Old 29 January 2005, 14:56   #3
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Tony in principle i think it is a very good idea but the area puts us off, it is too far away.
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Old 29 January 2005, 16:20   #4
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Hi Tony,

I think it's an excellent idea and you are to be commended for putting it forward.

Regrettably, this is not something that I can commit sufficient time to this year, but if you pm your address to me, I will start the ball rolling with a cheque for £ 100.

Talk to the NW Ribsters about arrangements and fine tuning for such an event and, having met a couple of Irish Ribsters at LBS, I would be surprised if they didn't support this, as they are amongst the most generous in time and spirit.

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I d agree with Ribster Rache... too far north. Would cost at least the sponsorship to get us to the start line Good idea thou - Good Luck!

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Please don't stamp on my enthusiasm. You may think my idea of the fastnet is unrealistic/stupid. If so I am open to any suggestions. Hopefully you will all agree that the principal of having fun and raising money for a very needy cause is sound.

Therefore, I would really appreciate suggestions and comments Tony.
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Good for you for helping suffering peeps. Some of the South Coast Irish Ribsters know the waters very well so it might be worth liaising with swginn, Cork RIb and others. Especially as Fastnet is a law unto itself at times.
With decent weather it should be do-able and safe for all.
A Charity run took place from Cork to Wales last year I think...the other Corkonians on here will know more.

Sounds like a good idea.

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Old 30 January 2005, 15:48   #8
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hi Tony

Wales to the fastnet is a handy run. Apart from the channel there are lots of safety boltholes along the south coast of Ireland. Roughly speaking it would be in the region of 200nm to the fastnet which is about 8miles SW of the mainland. If I can be any help with logistics etc, give me a bell


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The thing that has initially sprung to mind is a cruise from Pembrokeshire over to Ireland and then along the coast and eventually out to the fastnet rock and back again. I'm not sure how long and difficult this would be? Any thoughts.
Tony, a great idea and I hope it becomes a reality. You should get plenty of support from the Cork RIB contingent. I'd have no problem joining ye for a blast out to the Fastnet. Any excuse!!

May I suggest an overnight stop in Baltimore, before the return leg. Great little village with plenty of food, drink and craic!! Breakfast in Cape Clear is also highly reccommended although the area is notorious for rocks. As Jon has said before, any questions? don't hesitate to ask!!
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