One year around the Mediterranean - an adventurer's tale
Adventurer Huw Kingston spent one year travelling around the Mediterranean in sea kayak, on foot, on bicycle and rowboat raising money for the Save the Children's Fund. This human-powered circumnavigation of the Mediterranean Sea was a 14,000km journey taking in 17 countries. Beginning from and returning to Gallipoli in 2015, the journey was a commemoration of the Anzac Centenary.
At a time of immense and tragic upheaval in the Mediterranean, Huw's journey was touched by human kindness throughout. Aside from the vast personal, logistical and geopolitical challenges this expedition posed, Huw also sought to highlight the heart-wrenching plight of those innocent kids caught up in the conflict of warring ‘grown ups’. Hence his partnership with the charity, Save The Children Australia for whom he became their biggest ever individual fundraiser and now continues to work closely with the charity and was recently appointed a Community Ambassador. As part of his journey, Huw was also presented with the Australian Geographic Society’s Spirit of Adventure award.
Huw is an adventurer, entrepreneur, cafe owner, event director, environmentalist, marketing manager, cycling advocate, business consultant, fishing trawler deckhand, clothing sales rep, journalist and writer, economist, ski instructor, mountain guide, tour leader and grandfather. This leaves him never short of a story to tell. And he does so with passion and humour. Whether running a complex sports event, galvanising a community campaign or organising an out-there expedition, Huw has the ability to engage others with his dreams to make them possible.
Meet the man and hear his story at our 2nd annual Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writer's Festival on Saturday, August 12 from 10am to 11am in the Coolum Civic Centre. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2017-sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival-tickets-35328491469?utm_term=eventurl_text