Why I Row For Freedom- Katie Pattison-Hart
I decided to have a year out from the corporate environment after 8yrs in Banking, where I set up a branch of an International bank in the UAE, followed by a year as a Sales Director for a consulting firm.
I made a list of everything I wanted to achieve outside of corporate life and in there was a very clear focus on sports, physical and mental challenges that I wanted to pursue. I must say that rowing was not on my list! I didn’t even know how to row! That said I feel very at home on a boat and I love being near the water.
I then met Julia Immonen at a BBQ in Dubai earlier on this year and we chatted about endurance training. We clicked straight away and I was so intrigued and excited by the campaign RowForFreedom I literally jumped on board.
My eyes have since been opened to this horrific crime of trafficking and I love that we are 6 ordinary girls all passionate about this challenge to raise awareness against child trafficking and promote freedom. The thought that the young traffick victims are put in such awful situations will be the motivation to push ourselves through the pain barriers that we will feel whilst training and crossing the Atlantic.
I can’t get enough of our time together as a team (I wonder if I’ll be saying that after 40 days at sea together J). The energy between us is just amazing. We’ve definitely left lasting impressions where ever we go and we will continue to do so to help raise awareness to fight child trafficking across the world xxx