Saturday, September 29, 2007

Jason Lewis' human powered circumnavigation imminent completion

Please join us in congratulating Jason Lewis, fellow Royal Holloway University of London geographer and friend, on the imminent completion of the first human-powered true circumnavigation of the globe. After 13 years of pedalling, Jason will arrive at the Prime Meridian, Greenwich, for the completion of the 360 expedition on 6th October, a celebration to which all our welcomed.
His mission:
"to circle the world by means of human power alone. To use the adventure as a classroom learning tool to encourage world citizenship between cultures. To promote environmental responsibility. To live fully and enjoy the experience"
His method:
"Expedition 360 is an attempt at one of the last great firsts for true circumnavigation: reaching antipodal points on the surface of the globe using only human power (no motors or sails). Bicycles, in-line skates, kayaks, swimming, walking and a unique pedal powered boat are being used by Englishman Jason Lewis and an international team to travel over 45,000 miles across five continents, two oceans and one sea (1994 - 2007)."
His purpose:
"to use Expedition 360 as a tool for humanitarian fundraising, for furthering children's learning experiences both in and outside the classroom and for promoting those perennial qualities of human compassion, environmental and social responsibility, and common citizenship - both at the local and global level - which are so vital if we, the human species, are yet to make a positive contribution towards the planet and each other."

His invitation to the World:
"Dear friend/s of the expedition,
Date & Time: Saturday 6th October, 2007 at 11.30 am
Location: The Royal Observatory, (Flamsteed House), Greenwich Park, London, SE10 9NF
t: +44 (0)20 8858 4422
Look forward to seeing you there!
Please visit the Expedition 360s website and join us in congratulating Jason Lewis and his team mates on the World's first human powered circumnavigation of the globe. Jason, we have loved following your journey these last 13 years and you continue to inspire the global community with your courage, spirit and human endeavour.
Jason, I remember so clearly when you first discussed the expedition in a bar in Covent Garden, I remember you put hot baked potatoes under my feet to keep them warm at a barbeque, I remember seeing anchorman Trevor McDonald announce your arrival in Miami and I remember speaking to you in Colorado whilst you recouperated from the hit and run which broke both your legs. It's all been truly amazing!

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