SARASOTA, Fla. - At 17, English adventurer Mike Perham became the youngest person to sail around the world alone. The 20-year-old is now circling the globe by vehicle, in an attempt to be the first person to travel the world solo by land, sea and air.
In addition to his latest world record attempt, Perham aims to raise funds and awareness for the international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, throughout his journey.
ShelterBox responds to disasters such as earthquake, flood, tsunami, hurricane, cyclone or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each box contains a disaster relief tent, stove, water filtration system, blankets and other supplies necessary to help families live independently and with dignity in the months following disaster.
Who: Perham, who started sailing at the age of seven and set his first world record as the youngest person to sail the Atlantic alone at 14, said he was “looking for a bigger adventure” when he set out to sail the world in 2009.
His second record-setting expedition later became part one of his new, three-part challenge. At the start of 2012, the adventurer launched part two: a 21,325-mile drive, through 20 countries, over the course of four and a half months.
Perham will be driving a Spaceship Campervan, a converted Toyota Previa that drives like a van and functions as a camper, and also has offset mileage and CO2 emissions for environmentally friendly travels.
He will stop in six locations to which ShelterBox has delivered aid following a disaster, in hopes of learning and sharing the stories of aid recipients. His goal is to raise one Euro, or $1.29, for every mile he drives for the organization.
“It’s not hard to see that the aid sent out by ShelterBox made a huge difference for those in need,” Perham said. “I hope that by speaking with previous ShelterBox recipients, I will be able to convey their message of thanks and the huge effect the aid had, to many people around the world.”
“We are looking forward to welcoming Mike to the United States during his attempt to set another world record,” said Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA. “The work of volunteers like Mike is so important in raising awareness and support for our mission to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural and other disasters.”
To learn more about Perham, follow his blog, or become a sponsor, visit www.mikeperham.tv.
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 180 disasters in over 80 countries. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at www.shelterboxusa.org, 941-907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.