We are aiming to raise at least £10,000 with the 2024 Amazon Canoe Challenge. Here’s how it works.
We ask each team to raise a minimum of £500 as part of the entry requirements for the Challenge. Teams can choose to donate to one of our fundraising partners, or to an alternative non for profit working to protect the Amazon.
You can find a list of our fundraising partners, what they do, and how your efforts can support them below.
We started this project because we wanted to create an epic adventure with the power to make a real difference. The Amazon is in danger, and needs our help. By working with indigenous communities in the area, as well as local conservation projects, we can help to support the people who have the power to make a real difference, and create direct impact.
*Don’t forget to check back in 2024 for more information on our confirmed list of partners*
Shiptiari Community are a Machiguenga community along the river Alto Madre de Dios. They are our key partners here in Manu and members of their community make up a big percentage of our local crew on the Challenge. They are currently working to develop lodging in the community, and we hope to be able to provide them with items to improve existing infrastructure in their community.
In 2023, we have been supporting the creation of a new community-led family homestay experience here, where you can experience a traditional masato welcome ceremony, as well as learn more about the Machiguenga culture through song and stories. Our team worked with the community to develop this experience, and now are offering it themselves to their guests.
Manu Bio Lodge, along with it’s sister station Los Amigos where we finish the Challenge, manage and preserve more than 150,000 hectares of conservation land in Manu, creating a crucial wildlife corridor between Manu National Park and Tambopata Reserve. This land is home to over 5000 different species of wildlife.
Apart from the reserves, they each run science and education programs, working with conservationists from around the world and ecotourism in the region. They also are key in monitoring & mapping the growth of illegal mining and deforestation in the region.
“In our conservation approach, the use of innovative scientific advancements is essential to implement field projects, promote rational discourse on critical political issues, and educate and inspire the next generation of conservationists.”
We work throughout the year with our different partners to determine how best to spread the funds raised among them. If you want to donate directly to a specific partner, you can do that as well.
After all the money is collected, we distribute it directly to our partners. Each partner works with us to provide an exact break down of how those funds are to be used, which we share on our website at the end of the year in a detailed report.
Get creative! We’ve got some great ideas coming in from teams on how they plan to hit their £500 mark. Word has it, Amber & Jillian are planning a circumnavigation somewhere in Canada & Jayne and Michael are getting ready to tackle the Three Great Lakes Challenge in the UK – What will your teams do?
If you need help with ideas, or to request logos or swag to help on your mission just let us know and we are happy to help.
Thanks to all 2024 teams for getting involved in this years fundraising – What you do makes a bigger difference than you think. For any questions or help, get in touch with our team.
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