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Help me sail the North Atlantic to provide new insight into the impact of plastic pollution in the world's oceans and teach children of these issues.
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Mary Maxwell

55 backers pledged $5,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Ahoy!

Dear Friends,

After eleven months of eager anticipation, in just a few days I will finally embark on a very exciting expedition with the 5 Gyres Institute. For one full month, I will be part of a thirteen person crew on a 72-foot sail boat, sailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa to study plastic pollution that has made its way from land to the middle of the South Atlantic. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for your generosity and support!

Though I will not have internet access while at sea, I am hoping to send updates via satellite phone which will be posted to my blog (http://plasticconfetti.blogspot.com/) by friends and family for all who are interested in following my progress. In addition, you may follow the expedition here:

5 Gyres Blog:
http://www.5gyres.org/whats_happening_now/blog

Pangaea Exploration Blog:
http://www.panexplore.com/index.php...

A live map of our boat's position can be viewed here:
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp...

I look forward to sharing this adventure with you and thank you again for your interest and support of these important issues!

Ahoy!
Mary Maxwell

THANK YOU!

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11 HOURS TO GO!

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for everything you have done to support my project! In just twelve days, I have successfully raised $3,310 toward the research of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic. As many of you know, I have been hoping to do a trip like this for several years now. Having the support of so many friends, family members, colleagues, as well as complete strangers - is incredibly exciting! I thank each of you for the part you have played in helping me get so close to being a part of this important research. With eleven hours until my deadline, and only another $1,690 needed, I am thrilled to be so close to reaching my goal!

I am keeping my fingers crossed and hope to be in touch with some wonderful news very soon!

Thank you,

Mary

10% of Goal Reached and 9 Days to Go!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I have reached 10% of my fund raising goal and have nine days to go! Thank you so much for all you have done to help me get this far! I really appreciate your efforts to help spread the word by emailing and re-posting. Every little bit helps!

Big Love and Many Thanks!

Mary