Category: Project Objectives

 

ReQuest2021 Podcast Ep.5

EPISODE 5 – Saturday 7th March 2020 – Louis Rudd MBE, Presentation to Medway Towns Scout Active Support and Interview with George Stonor

A podcast documenting the Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Research Project all the way to Antarctica and back again! Interviews, Scouting historical links, events and research project work recorded along the way. Part of Alan Noake’s Antarctic Soundscapes project.

Show Notes

Louis Rudd MBE…
http://lourudd.com

George Stonor’s Sponsorship Link…
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GeorgeStonor

George Stonor

Medway Active Support Team
https://www.medwaytowns.org.uk/spage-section-mast.html

Our Fundraising Ladder with lots of other ways you can follow and support the project….
http://www.fundraisingladder.co.uk/ReQuest2021/

Our Case for Support

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG SAYS,

If a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school – then imagine what we all could do together if we really wanted to.

She certainly has a point but do you think young people should strike from school to raise awareness of Climate Change?

Well now you can help send some young people to ‘school’ in Antarctica instead! The Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Project is doing just that. Our mission is to develop six young Antarctica ambassadors who then will create a future legacy by sharing their polar research experience to inspire thousands of other young people.

Each of the young people YOU help support will have to:-

…FUNDRAISE towards the overall total costs for their expedition.

…PROMOTE Scouting’s strong heritage links with Shackleton’s 1921 Quest Expedition.

…LEARN how to crew a one-hundred-year-old sailing vessel through Antarctic waters.

…EDUCATE younger children about climate change and endangered Antarctic wildlife.

…UNDERTAKE an Antarctic Research Project and present their results upon returning.

11 Unique Antarctic Research Projects

Kent Scouts Global Projects now has a strong track record of running large successful international expeditions. Back in 2009 they ran an eco-awareness training project in South Africa, in 2012 a team climbed Kilimanjaro, in 2018 twenty-four scouts helped with school building and malaria education in Ghana and in 2020 a group are heading off to work with a charity supporting street Children in Kenya.

And now the money bit…! To deliver this project successfully is going to require total funds of £110,000 by 30th June 2021. Flights and Antarctic voyage amount to £10,000 for each of the ten project participants. Plus, another £10,000 is required for pre-expedition training, equipment and resources to achieve the other project objectives – such as the heritage plaques being carved out of Caithness slate which are £1000 each.

So, if you live in Kent (or Aberdeen!) you can attend one of our popular Community Fundraising Events. We are also seeking Corporate Sponsorship and can in turn promote your brand on all our printed literature and online media. Finally, we welcome fresh ideas from individuals or organisations to fundraise for us.

HELP OUR YOUNG ANTARCTIC AMBASSADORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
SPONSOR THE PROJECT NOW:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/request2021

Are you planning a trip to Antarctica in January 2022?

The Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project team are really keen to hear from any member of Scouting worldwide who may already potentially be planning to be in South Georgia (perhaps as part of an Antarctic Cruise?) on the 5th January 2022.

One of our secondary project objectives is to have a Scout in uniform at Shackleton’s grave to represent all Scouts and pay our respects on that day.

If you or any Scouting friend you know will be there on that date then please contact project leader Alan Noake on: alan.noake@kentscouts.org.uk

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Grave on South Georgia

The Caithness Stone has stone has just arrived from Scotland!

The Caithness Stone

A visit today to lettering artist Mark Brooks from Canterbury. The Caithness Stone has just arrived from Scotland for the two plaques we are commissioning as part of the ReQuest2021 project commemorating James Marr and Norman Mooney, the two scouts who took part in Shackleton’s Quest Expedition to the Antarctic in 1921. It is a beautiful stone, ideal for inscriptional work and has outstanding weathering capabilities.

The approved artwork

Both stones will have the same design but will be different in size. The larger one will be sited in an appropriate place at Scout HQ Gilwell Park, and the smaller one will accompany the ReQuest2021 team on the expedition to Antarctica in the Winter of 2021/22.

A practice run on a spare piece of stone

The plaques will be a celebration of the two scouts’ participation in the expedition. We did not feel the need for solemnity, so Mark has designed them with bold energetic letter forms. Lively ligatures and playful nesting of letters are used in order that the letters fit neatly into a rectangular block and with an even pattern. We want the stones to be as visually engaging as possible. The letters are tightly and efficiently packed into the stones’ dimensions in order to reduce the footprint. The larger stone will be an echo of its smaller cousin.

The stones will be cut using two cleverly overlaid templates – Template 1
The stones will be cut using two cleverly overlaid templates – Template 2

Research Projects

The ReQuest Team Members will each undertake an Antarctic Research Project and present their results in different formats on their return.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Lucy Morgan’s: Writing a blog about climate change, based around questions people have. Also running Guide/Scout meetings on the topic. Plus she will be running a fundraising event  related to climate change.

PHYSIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENT

Genevieve Scullion’s: The physical effects of different temperatures on body functions. With the help of the members of the expedition, she will be able to measure the effect of varying temperatures on lung function, heart  rate/ blood pressure and reactions.

3D ICEBERG SIMULATION

George Stonor’s: A study into the movement of icebergs after they have detached from the ice shelf. This would involve understanding the different forces acting on the ice -such as sea currents, winds and gravity – and their resultant effects.

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART

Darcey Holmes’s: Capturing, using photography, a historical journey in contrast with 100 years ago. Using art to convey the overwhelming effects of human activity and climate change on Antarctica’s landscape and wildlife.

THE SOUNDS OF ANTARCTICA

Alan Noake’s: Recording an entire “soundscape” podcast of Antarctica – the various sounds of the ship, icebergs, wildlife and weather. As well as one-to-one interviews with participants, crew, scientists and tourists. The project aim is to produce a complete audio record of the project.

MOTION SICKNESS STUDY

Cathy Mummery’s: The physiological causes of motion sickness and then whilst on Bark Europa look into the various treatments and how effective they are on individuals – shop bought medications, natural remedies and common sense remedies (watching the horizon, fresh air etc.)

PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD

Laura Bernard’s: Document, through pictures, the physical and psychological effects of fellow explorers throughout the journey to and from Antarctica. Capturing the highs and lows of the entire experience.

ELECTRICITY GENERATION

Matt Wood’s: Carry out first hand research on how electricity is generated and stored in the research bases on Antarctica. We all know that global warming is happening, and one of the key issues contributing to this is the way we (humans) generate and use electricity.