Howard Foster and Zeina Saad from South Pacific Projects are fundraising for local communities in Fiji who are working closely with the International Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) to protect these rare and magnificent animals in their local waters.
They are attempting a 2,900 mile, unsupported cycle ride from London to Marrakech via France, Spain and Portugal this summer.
The challenges they face include cycling an average of 50 - 90 miles a day in average temperatures of 30 degrees+, whilst carrying all of their own supplies and camping equipment. Their route includes the 488 mile Camino de Santiago pilgrims trail over the Pyrenees from France to Spain, before heading south along the Atlantic coast of Portugal towards Southern Spain and finally across the Straits of Gibralter to Morocco and south through the arid deserts and mountains to Marrakech.
South Pacific Projects is one of the SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s conservation partners. Fundraising projects like this can empower local communities to manage their own marine resources in more sustainable ways, thereby guaranteeing food security for future generations. All donations will go to fund community-based conservation efforts.
At the end of their cycle challenge to Marrakech, Howard and Zeina will cycle an additional 300 miles around the largest of Fiji's islands, Viti Levu. There they will face extreme tropical heat and humidity and long climbs through rainforest on rough, unmade roads before reaching their ultimate destination of Moon Reef in the District of Dawasamu.
Moon Reef is home to the only semi-resident pod of Spinner dolphins in the country and it is here that the SEA Life London Aquarium is sponsoring a new Marine Protected Area to guarantee the long-term protection of these beautiful and intelligent marine mammals and the coral reef ecosystem.
The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is proud to be supporting Howard and Zeina on their worthwhile and extremely difficult physical challenge and wishes them the very best of luck!