As you might have noticed - our interactive map has been moved.
We wanted to show you that our focus has changed from the Expedition to the Foundation. If you're looking for the map, and want to listen to those daily broadcasts from Antarctica click here
This week the 2 Henry's and Will have gone off to Greenland for a couple of weeks of intensive training - they will be reporting back to us on their progress soon and you will be able to find out in early May how they got on.
If you're thinking of going anytime soon, Greenland.com is a mine of information.
Bill Shipton, one of the members of our Fundraising Committee has been instrumental in creating our brand new Shackleton Foundation website. www.shackletonfoundation.org. You can now go there for all your Shackleton Foundation needs.
We're delighted with the result and our heartfelt thanks go out to Bill.
Here is a little background in case you are unfamiliar with Robert Swan:
He is the first man to have walked to both the North and South Pole, he was appointed The Special Envoy to to the Director General of UNESCO in 1994, he was awarded the Polar Medal from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1995, from 1992 - 2000 he also helped remove 1,500 tons of waste from Antarctica. There is an extensive list of his achievements on his website which we have barely brushed upon.
At the moment he is involved in E-Base 2041. "Its purpose is to inspire a global audience to tackle the issue of climate change. It shows that if we can achieve the seemingly impossible in Antarctica, then we can all take small, achievable steps in our own backyards."
The E-Base is located at Bellingshausen Station, a Russian Antarctic station at Collins Harbor on King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, located at 62° 12'S, 58° 58'W. It is the world's first education station in Antarctica that is run entirely by renewable energy.
Robert argues that "The world is now ready to engage with convenient solutions to climate change." We couldn't agree more - congratulations Robert on a great job well done!
We look forward to seeing him in June this year when he has agreed to give a lecture to some of our supporters here in London. In the meantime, if you want to find out more about what Robert Swan is upto, you can also visit http://2041.com/.
Clouds don't happen at the South Pole very often, so this is why Steffen Richter's photo is even more magnificent than it at first appears. Steffen is an electrical engineer working at the South Pole, and has a great website chronicling what he is up to at the moment.
Click here to see more of Steffen Richter's photos.
The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed that our Shackleton Foundation page looks a little different today.
We have decided to place a much greater emphasis on the leadership qualities that people recognise in Sir Ernest Shackleton. This is a step-change rather than a wholesale change from our previous emphasis on ideas that are bold, innovative and useful.
The Foundation hopes that beneficiaries will develop or possess the personal qualities that define leadership: a fierce personal commitment to succeed, a willingness to take intelligent risks, and the ability to inspire and energise those around them to do their utmost towards worthwhile causes.
As Peter Drucker, the managment theorist once said, "managment is doing things right, leadership is doing the right thing."
Shackleton did the right thing.
Our Mission Statement is as follows:
The Shackleton Foundation supports individuals of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds who exemplify the spirit of Sir Ernest Shackleton: inspirational leaders wishing to "make a difference", in particular to the less advantaged.
Click here to watch a short film by Bill Shipton, a member of our Fundraising Committe describing in greater detail what we're doing, where we're going, and why we're doing it.
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