Unicef relies entirely on voluntary contributions and donations. Its life-saving work wouldn’t be possible without the extraordinary generosity of its fundraisers and corporate partners, who work across a wide range of industries, delivering clear business benefits for them and vital funds for Unicef’s work across the globe.

“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," explains Mike Penrose, Unicef UK’s Executive Director.

"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.

“The Clipper Race is helping Unicef UK do whatever it takes until every child is safe, and we’re looking forward to working together again for the 2017-18 edition of the race."

Unicef can help put an end to preventable disease and the tragic, needless deaths of children; Put an end to hunger to ensure every child gets the nutrition they need; Put an end to violence against children to ensure every child can grow up in a world free from abuse; And with the Clipper Race crew’s help, Unicef can help make sure children get the assistance they need when disaster or war strikes.

During the 2015-16 race, crew, supporters and race partners around the world showed their support and raised more than £323,000 which has helped save the lives of thousands of children.

Clipper Race CEO and co-founder, William Ward and Unicef UK’s Executive Director, Mike Penrose.

Approximately 700 crew members from more than 40 nationalities will participate in the Clipper 2017-18 Race and fundraising to help keep more of the world's most vulnerable children safe from danger continues, with an increased fundraising target of £400,000.

All contributions go towards achieving our fundraising target for the Clipper 2017-18 Race of £400,000 – which by illustration could buy all of the following life changing items and services:

Enough midwifery kits to help deliver 100 babies
-28,000 mosquito nets to help protect families from malaria-carrying mosquitoes
-200,000 Polio vaccines
-50,000 Measles vaccines
-5,000 blankets to keep babies warm in hospitals and refugee camps
-300 bikes to get children to school
-890 emergency water kits
-100 schools in a box to provide emergency schooling for 40 children in disasters
-64 water pumps to provide clean safe water to entire villages
-20 temporary schools or health centres for survivors of natural disasters
-1,000 emergency nutrition packs

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.

For more information visit: www.unicef.org.uk


The world’s leading children’s charity, Unicef, first partnered with the race in 2015 when it was gifted one of twelve Clipper 70-foot yachts to support its vital work to make a safer world for children.

Unicef has been the Official Clipper Race Charity since the 2015-16 race when its branded yacht entry became a fantastic fundraising emblem and generated much needed awareness and engagement around the world in destinations including South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, China, the US and Panama. The Clipper 2015-16 Race and its supporters raised more than £323,000, helping Unicef protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.

Unicef relies entirely on voluntary contributions and donations from corporate partners, and the cost of the team entry, has been donated by the race organisers for the Clipper 2017-18 Race edition to further the success of its fundraising and awareness partnership.

Unicef UK is very proud to be associated with Clipper Race and the wonderful team taking on this enormous physical challenge”, said Mike Penrose, Unicef UK’s Executive Director.

“The generosity shown to us through the yacht donation, alongside the wonderful fundraising efforts of the amazing crew members taking part, will go a long way in highlighting and helping to resolve the many dangerous challenges lots of children around the world face every day; violence, disease, hunger and the consequences of war and disaster.”

Unicef operates in 190 countries around the world, including every port on the Clipper 2017-18 Race route, and has done more to ensure the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation.

During the eleven-month-long ocean odyssey the Unicef branded yacht will visit six different continents as part of the race fleet. The distinctive blue and white yacht will enable local Unicef offices and projects to raise awareness of their work with the local communities and engage with their partners across the 2017-18 race.