Kiko Matthews, who broke the female cross Atlantic solo rowing record in 2018, is now aiming to cycle 7200km of the Great British coastline, participating in over 70 beach cleans along the way – including here on the Isle of Wight this weekend.
38-year-old Matthews, who went into the record books on 22nd March 2018, had never rowed before, had never been to sea and had brain surgery 6 months before her departure. She crossed the Atlantic in just 49 days, raising over £100,000 for Kings College Hospital in the process.
She built a community of women and girls to support her in the run up to and during the crossing. Now, Kiko is aiming to bring communities together whilst engaging and educating them on the issue of plastics in our oceans.
Having departed London on 5th May, the Kik-Plastic tour will see her working with existing beach clean organisers as well as taking the opportunity to expand the growing beach cleaner network around the UK. She is working with organisations such as the Marine Conservation Society, Keep Britain Tidy, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and British Kitesurfing Association.
The Kik-Plastic tour will be arriving in Bembridge on Saturday 11th May and will be holding a beach clean, meeting by the Tollgate Cafe at The Point, Bembridge (Embankment Road) at 09:00. Everyone is invited along to meet Kiko and help clean the beach.
It is now estimated that micro-plastics are in every marine animal on our coastlines, as well as in our drinking water and the food we eat. By 2050, it is estimated there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Matthews wants to drive home the message that ‘we all need to take responsibility for the planet and that our everyday actions have lasting effects’.
People can sign-up to sponsor or follow the Kik-Plastic journey via the website www.kikomatthews.co.uk/kik-plastic or on social media @kikomatthews and @kikplastic.