A LEWIS adventurer set to embark on a mammoth 3,400 mile solo row from New York to Stornoway has won £5,000 after entering Kukri Events’ national adventure scholarship competition.
Niall Iain MacDonald (38), who plans to raise £100,000 for Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH), picked up the prize money after pitching his idea against seven other finalists on Friday (8th February) to a panel of experts at the Royal Geographical Society, London.
He was one of five finalists to secure funding.
Having already received backing from a number of corporate sponsors such as global oil and gas firm Canadian Natural Resources and legendary Scots band, Runrig, Niall Iain is now just £15,000 short of his funding goal of £60,000.
He said: “I am so grateful for the £5,000 award from Kukri Events. It’s a huge step closer for NY2SY and the start of my adventure.
“But for me, almost as important as the money, is the endorsement from Kukri’s experienced and inspirational judging panel, which included Mark Beaumont, Ben Shephard and Sarah Outen. The judges have been where all the finalists are now, they understand what we face and they believe in what we are doing and shown faith in each of us.
“After the disappointment of postponing the challenge in 2012 due to a lack of funding, I am now confident I will cross the Atlantic this year. However, I still need to find the final £15,000. I am actively looking for further sponsorship and donations, so please get in touch.”
For information about the NY2SY: Solo Atlantic Row 2012 as well as for further information about sponsorship packages available, please visit www.ny2sy.co.uk or contact Niall Iain directly at firstname.lastname@example.org