Racing across the Atacama Desert in support of Veterans Aid


September 24, 2019

On 29 September veteran Michelle will take on RacingThePlanet ultramarathon, Atacama Crossing, in support of Veterans Aid. She is partaking with her husband, Nathan. 

Michelle said:

‘They are an amazing charity who assist veterans in crisis, regardless of time served. The reason we chose these guys is because simply, they provide assistance to veterans who are in crisis with much of their work focused on providing homeless veterans with shelter.’

Not everyone who leaves the military have the support needed to transition into a ‘civvy’ and without that support it is so tough. Veterans can find themselves struggling and in need of help, that’s where Veterans Aid comes in. In 2018, Veterans Aid homed 154 people, they need funds in order to continue the work they do.

Atacama Desert
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Michelle and Nathan served for twelve years in the British Army, seeing service in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.

After leaving the military they went backpacking for two and a half years, involving adventures such as scuba diving in the ocean, becoming certified Rescue Divers and even reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Today they are settled in Vancouver but keep a classic 1974 VW T2 camper van to use as their second home whilst exploring Canada and the USA. Now, for RacingThePlanet, they will be venture out into the new grounds of South America.

Atacama Desert
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Race info

The Atacama Crossing is a 250km race across one of the driest places in the world. Michelle and Nathan will be starting on the 29th of September in el Valle del Arcoíris at the Río Grande basin.

They will cross a terrain full of astounding natural wonders, such as the Atacama Salt flats, the Licancabur Volcano and the Valle de la Luna, in order to reach the finish line in the main square of San Pedro de Atacama.

Atacama Desert
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CEO Veterans Aid, Dr Hugh Milroy said: 

I never cease to be amazed at what people do to raise money for us. Rest assured that the money raised by Michelle and her husband will truly make a difference to those who need it most.

Atacama Desert
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There’s still time to donate on Michelle’s JustGiving page: http://ow.ly/bV2F30pB2qI