True Patriot Love Announces Antarctica as Destination for 2016 Expedition
Wounded Canadian soldiers team up with Canadian business leaders to battle the coldest continent in the world in order to raise awareness and funds for Canada’s military families and veterans.
Toronto ON (November 12, 2014) – The True Patriot Love Foundation is pleased to announce that the Foundation’s 2016 signature Expedition will be to Antarctica. Nine wounded soldiers and 18 business leaders will come together to summit Vinson Massif – the highest peak on the uninhabited continent.
In late December 2016, the Antarctic Expedition team will depart Canada and make their final preparations in Punta Arenas, Chile. From there, the team will fly to Union Glacier in Antarctica to acclimatize before flying via twin otter planes to the base camp of Vinson Massif. As Vinson Massif is one of the world’s Seven Summits, the climb itself is planned to take approximately 7-8 days.
As with previous True Patriot Love Expeditions to the Himalayas in 2012 and the North Pole in 2014, the purpose of this journey is to bring attention to the challenges that face members of the Canadian military, their families and Canada’s veterans each day. By bringing these challenges into the spotlight, True Patriot Love strives to provide inspiration to those facing these issues every day and also garner financial support and awareness from Canadians across the country. In 2014, True Patriot Love Expedition to the magnetic North Pole raised a total of $2 million in support of programs and charities that the foundation supports.
For more information about True Patriot Love or the Antarctic Expedition, please contact:
Director of Expeditions and Events
About True Patriot Love
True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of mental health, physical rehabilitation, family support and veteran transition. TPL is also committed to changing the conversation about our nation’s veterans, hosting an annual multinational symposium and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has raised more than $20-million to support military charities across Canada. For more information, please visit www.truepatriotlove.com.