BENEFITING: Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Sep 09, 2015
In September 2015, I will take on a huge cycling endurance challenge across Japan to raise awareness and funds for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. The work Ric and his team do is truly inspiring; to end the captivity, live trade and cruel slaughter of dolphins around the world.
I really want to help educate people about what goes on in aquariums, swim with dolphin shows and the way cetaceans are cruelly exploited for money and greed. The brutal Taiji dolphin drives in Japan are one of the many places around the world dolphins are captured or slaughtered.
The oscar-winning film ‘The Cove’ (a must watch!) exposes what really goes on here, with most Japanese people completely unaware of the cruelty. I am aim to meet and speak to many people on my challenge to show them what goes on in Taiji, to educate them but respect their culture. Most Japanese people don’t eat dolphin meat and are disgusted when they hear about Taiji. I also hope to reach many, many more people around the world. The ride covers 3,600km over 21 days, climbing 175,000ft solu and unsupported during typhoon season. To put that into perspective, the Tour de France covers 3,360km and 195,000ft in 21 days, but with a support team...
I’ll spend one day to help as a Cove Monitor when I arrive in Taiji, another climbing the summit of Mt Fuji. I’ll ride completely solo and unsupported and cannot wait to start! Please help by donating to this great cause, all your donations do great things.