Kathryn Hodgson is the co-founder of a marine conservation cause, Friends for Sharks (founded August 2014). She is undertaking a World Tour for Sharks with her partner Nicholas Curzon throughout 2015, during which they will visit a number of countries around the globe to give free educational and inspiring talks about their experiences and work with sharks, the threats sharks face and other current marine conservation issues. They are providing lectures and other conservation events for a wide variety of audiences in each country, including aquariums, schools, universities, conservation organisations, scuba diving centres, museums and community groups. They will be completing in excess of 100 events and are fundraising throughout their tour for two charities; The Shark Trust and Project AWARE.
Please see the Friends for Sharks website for their tour blog, events calendar, and to follow their progress throughout this innovative and adventurous undertaking.
Friends for Sharks is a marine conservation cause working to support charities and increase worldwide awareness of the plight of sharks.
It is Day Seven of the Live Your Legend writing challenge. I think I must be the last person to finish this, as it has taken WEEKS to get this far. This is mostly because I have been busy setting up our marine conservation charitable cause Friends for Sharks and continuing with our World Tour plans for 2015. It is such a privilege to be working full time on this and it is leading me down paths of discovery I didn’t even know existed. It has huge highs and lows, I am learning every day and it is incredible. The best bit is that I am doing what I love and people are interested. Dive clubs, schools and aquariums are booking events with us and this morning I received emails from schools in The Cook Islands wanting to work with us. Did I really make this happen?? It is a leap of faith and one I wouldn’t change (even when I lie awake at night unable to sleep due to fear).
I have also taken another leap of faith and entered a travel writing competition. I have never branched into travel writing and felt it was time to push myself and try. Admittedly it terrifies me and I don’t think my writing is necessarily of a ‘travel’ style but we shall see. I hope you enjoy the first of my four entries under the competition theme “Gratitude: A Place That Inspires You to Feel Strong and Hopeful.”
For the final day of the writing challenge I am asked…
What revolution do you want to lead?
The more I pursue my path in life, the more I realise that I simply want to inspire and encourage people to reconnect with the oceans and sharks through my work. I want to provide a healthy dose of optimism and love for the natural world around us at a time when I believe we need it most. I want to be the voice that people listen to and walk away afterwards feeling uplifted and empowered to make changes to improve their life and the environment around them. I also want to be the written voice that takes people away from their troubles in life and comforts them with beautiful words of positivity, enthusiasm and storytelling.
On which note, I have almost finished the final edit of my first book. All 123,000 words of it. It is time to take one more leap of faith and begin the process of approaching publishers with my work.
Have a wonderful day, think about what revolution you want to lead….and then DO IT.
I am thrilled to announce the planning stages of our Friends for Sharks charitable World Tour 2015 are well underway.
Nicholas and I have been working our socks off every day (and night!) and all you need to know about our campaign is found within our fun short promo video on our website here.
Please take a moment out of your day to watch our promo video, get to know us, enjoy the shark footage and share our message.We are raising money for two fantastic shark and marine conservation charities; The Shark Trust and Project AWARE
We have given up all paid work to commit to raising money for our charities during 2015 by organising and undertaking an educational and inspiring world tour. This is no easy task and we need your support!
Please help us by donating to our cause here and sharing this blog to raise awareness.