10 December 2017

The Clipper Race reached a momentous milestone this week as the amount raised for Unicef by staff, crew and supporters topped the £200,000 mark, meaning that we are over halfway towards our £400,000 target for the Clipper 2017-18 Race edition!

At the start of the race, each of the twelve Clipper Race teams was set a target of raising £30,000 to help reach the overall figure and crew members have been linking their personal JustGiving fundraising pages to their team accounts in a friendly competition to see which team can raise the most for charity.

The Unicef fundraising page on JustGiving has proved to be a great way to keep track of the fundraising endeavours of those involved with the Clipper Race and we want to thank everyone who has chosen to get involved in this way.

Since Unicef UK became an Official Charity Partner in the last edition of the race, more than HALF A MILLION POUNDS has been raised for vital work in helping to protect and save the lives of thousands of children across the globe.

Mike Penrose, Executive Director of Unicef UK, said: “The Clipper Race sees everyday people take on one of the greatest challenges on earth, testing their wits, skills and courage in an endurance race across the toughest oceans. At the same time, children around the world are experiencing even more dangerous challenges – they’re facing disease, hunger and the chaos of war and disaster.

“Partnering with the Clipper Race has helped us to promote awareness of the crucial work that we are doing to protect some of the most vulnerable children and we are incredibly grateful for the extraordinary fundraising efforts of those involved in the race so far.”

Clipper Race Chief Executive, William Ward, said: “Everyone involved with the Clipper Race recognises the important work that Unicef does around the world in promoting child rights and wellbeing. This is the second Clipper Race that we’ve had Unicef UK as an Official Charity Partner and I’m incredibly proud of the fundraising efforts of our staff, crew and supporters to help make a difference. Over the course of the last two race editions, it’s been a real privilege to see how Unicef-funded projects have helped to transform lives of young people.”

Clipper Race crew had the opportunity during the recent Cape Town stopover to visit one of the many projects that Unicef funding helps to support – more information on the inspirational Isibindi Safe Park can be found here.

With more than eight months of the world’s greatest ocean adventure still to go, the race is on to exceed the fundraising target that has been set. There are many opportunities to support crew member and team fundraising and all funds raised will contribute to each team’s JustGiving fundraising totals. You can donate by clicking here.

Crew members can visit the Crew Hub to download the fundraising pack, which includes fun ideas on how to start fundraising individually or as a team.