Jono Mawson is rowing 3,000 miles across The Atlantic Ocean in support of The Not Forgotten.
The row is taking place as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge – a challenge which will take rowers from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW).
35-year-old Jono is one of a team of four, called Latitude 35 (with Todd Hooper, Jimmy Carroll, and Dixon McDonald) who will endure 30+ ft waves, dehydration, and dramatic weight loss in this gruelling row, which has been completed by less than 400 people.
Jono said: “Together we will face seasickness, sunburn, rain, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, cramps, the challenge of four grown men crammed onto a 29-foot boat, and of course, the might of the Atlantic Ocean itself.”
The annual race begins on Saturday 12th December, with 21 teams participating from around the world.
All four men have chosen different charities to support as part of their challenge, including Pelorus Foundation, Brian Cross Memorial Trust, and Achilles International. But, as a former serviceman, Jono chose to support The Not Forgotten.
He spent seven years in the Army, serving all over the world including Canada, Norway, Germany and France. In 2013, he deployed for seven months to Afghanistan as part of Operation HERRICK 18. Jono left the army in 2016 as acting Major and returned to London where he currently works in Investment Banking.
He added: “Although as a team we are raising money for a variety of causes, personally I am taking part in the challenge in order to support the Not Forgotten.
“I wanted to support The Not Forgotten because they’re doing incredible things which have a day-to-day impact on so many people. Loneliness and solitude are two massive issues, which are often overlooked – especially in the Armed Forces community – and it’s wonderful that they address that through their events and activities. It’s something that particularly resonates with me as a veteran and a member of the Armed Forces community.
“Thank you so much in advance for your support, I can assure you it makes an extraordinary difference.”
You can support Jono and The Not Forgotten, by donating to his Just Giving page.