“I am simply doing it because no one has done it before.” These were the words of Ed Stafford, a British man who recently became the first known person to walk the length of the Amazon River. It took him 859 days to cover the 4000 mile distance, according to his blog WalkingTheAmazon.com. His journey included being imprisoned, chased by natives, and twice wrongly accused of murder. Oh yeah, and he reckons he’s suffered around 50,000 mosquito bites.
SkyNews reports that he isn’t an “eco-warrior”, but that he does hope his adventure raises awareness of the destruction of the Amazon rain forest, along with proof that anything is possible, as he says,
It proves you can do anything — even if people say you cannot. I’ve proved that if you want something enough, you can do anything!
Although he doesn’t claim to be an eco-warrior, he is obviously passionate about doing his part for the world. The charities he supports, as listed on his website, are:
- Rainforest Concern – Protecting the threatened lands of the Amazon basin and the indigenous people who depend on them for survival.
- The ABC Trust (Action for Brazil’s Children) – Creating opportunities for disadvantaged young people of Brazil to have experiences which will foster healthy growth and development.
- Project Peru – A voluntary charity offering food, clothes, shelter, education and fun to the children who live in their refuge in the desert shanty towns of Lima, Peru.
- Cancer Research UK – Ed’s father Jeremy died of cancer in 1999 at the age of 56.
- The ME Association – Little sister, Janie, has had myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) for 14 years.
Make sure to visit his website for more information.
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