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Your Stories

How was your challenge?
Tell us about it. Why did you choose this challenge? How did you get on – the highs and the lows, the fun and the misery? Share your fundraising challenge with us and send in the photos for everyone to see.

Read how the rest of the Mackrell Family are faring and the journeys that are taking place around the Mackrell globe in the stories below.

 

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Meryl Edwards

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

This month's update

Old bones - aching hips, creaking knees and sore feet

Hurrah - I've done it. Over the last 4 months I've been walking the North Downs Way, a medieval Pilgrims Route from Farnham to Dover to raise funds for our charities. Passing many milestones and many four legged friends along the way I finally made it on a sunny day last month and arrived at the finish line. Thanks to everyone who sponsored me.

212km of ups and downs and ins and outs in wind, rain, sun and one day a bit of thunder - eek

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Elaine Lister

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

This month's update

First Attempt at Sea Kayaking

Having ticked off roads and skies from my CtWC list, my next adventure was sea kayaking in Bosham Harbour. Bosham, a beautiful village on the South Coast dating back to Roman times, floods twice daily as the tide comes in from the English Channel. All was going well until the wind picked up. Just after this photo-op I dug in a little too deep with one of the oars, the wind caught me and I capsized the kayak - in full view of the patrons of the local harbour-side pub and ice-cream stall.

Undeterred by my early swim, I climbed back on board and managed a full afternoon of kayaking in deeper waters and glorious sunshine before visiting Goodwood motor racing circuit early evening for 5 laps on my bike.

 

Energetic day!

30km

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Jannik Haahr Antonsen and Mikael Grosen Skovbo

Codex Advokator

This month's update

Paddle to success

We managed to rope in 10 players for this good cause. So if you add up all the steps 10 players take in 2 hours we've surely raced from Vejle to Horsens to Copenhagen - Denmark is covered.

2 hours of exhausting dashing about.

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Keith Heddle

Mackrell International

This month's update

67 miles off road

Generally, my mountain biking falls into the category of, “weekend warrior,” a couple of hours, 25 miles ploughing up and down trails in south Oxfordshire with a group of other MAMILs (Middle Aged Men in Lycra).

 

So tackling 67 miles off road, semi-competitively in one hit was always going to be a bit of a challenge – but since I was doing it for the Connect the World Challenge, I wanted both to amass some MIles and encourage friends and contacts to sponsor me for our two charities, Larchfield Children’s Home and UNICEF.

 

Well… suffice to say, I was suitably challenged!  The ride took 6hrs and 2 mins in the saddle, bouncing over up-and-down single-track, hardened chalk ruts (scary on the downhill; a battle on the uphill) and lumpy and stony trails… but, whenever there was a chance to look up, the views across the English countryside in the weak sunshine, were spectacular.  I was propelled along by 2 caffeine gels, 4 protein bars, 2 bananas, a handful of date rolls and a simple desire to finish and not do a disservice to this magnificent MI endeavour that is the Connect the World Challenge.  Completing it was great and the support and sponsorship from friends and contacts made it even better – oh, and for once, I didn’t fall off my bike!

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Team van Cutsem Wittamer Marnef & Partners

van Cutsem Wittamer Marnef & Partners

This month's update

Protecting the environment and connecting the world

During the Belgian “week of mobility” we have organised a day around alternate mobility where all members of our firm were encouraged to come to the office without a car or motorcycle. This way we could collect as many miles as possible for the Mackrell International CtWC, all while contributing to the environment.

We had people walk, run, cycle, mountain bike, hike, … their commute to work and topped off at a collective total of 425km travelled. Knowing that a lot of the firm members either live relatively close to the office or worked from home, you can rest assured that some heroic efforts were put in to boost those kilometres.

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Rebeca Miller

PIETRAGALLO

This month's update

Run for the Elk

Rebeca Miller from Pietragallo in Pennsylvania has combined her love of running with the challenge.

 

I decided to participate in a virtual half marathon on behalf of my firm called “Run for the Elk” in Emporium, PA and to dedicate it to the Connect the World Challenge and to our beautiful wildlife here in Pennsylvania. 

 

At our firm, we believe in bringing international legal communities closer together. We pride ourselves in our diversity and for being a resource to the world. Because of our involvement with Mackrell International, we love to believe that every attorney around the world has a home here in Pittsburgh, PA. 

 

For these reasons, we also believe in providing donations and fundraising to such a wonderful international community. Every mile helps close the distance. 

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Azim Chowdhury

KELLER AND HECKMANN

This month's update

Embracing Nature and the Big Outdoors

Azim Chowdhury from Keller and Heckmann in Washington DC have, like many of us choosing our challenges, embraced nature and the big outdoors.

 

My wife Amrin and I have continued our goal of “hiking for charity” once a month - here we are at the top of Raven Rocks in Bluemont, Virginia (along the Appalachian Trail).

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Meryl Edwards

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

This month's update

How much am I bid?

This year has been a marvellous year in my vegetable garden. I have had veggies galore and a huge variety too.  So, to raise money for CtWC I have held various ‘vegetable auctions’ over the summer and sold off lots of healthy veggies and pickles.

 

What a wonderful ‘win,win’.  I enjoy time in nature in the garden and raise funds for our charities.

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RW Inc

Ramsay Webber Inc

This month's update

A Selection of Activities

Lawyer by day, chef and baker by night

Baking and cooking takes a different type of patience and time management. It is a relaxing way to focus our attention and get a delicious result at the end of the process.

A collection of hikes

We challenged ourselves to go on 10km to 15km hikes to enjoy the outdoors - a nice break from the office environment. The hikes challenged us physically but the scenery made it so worth it.

 

A driving experience to remember

The challenge was to learn how to drive professionally on an off-road track. This taught us the technical skills to utilise when going on outdoor adventures. The BMW driving experience was a very different, yet rewarding, challenge from our day to day challenges faced.

 

A day of golf

There's no better way to challenge ourselves than through a round of golf. It is a technical sport that requires concentration, diligence and skill. We enjoy the challenge of a great outdoor activity.

Watch our video

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Elaine Lister

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

This month's update

Over 80's knitting club

I challenged my Mum's over 80's coffee morning club to knit something inspiring or useful for our World Challenge. The veteran ladies came up with some superb work. One retired Captain, three much needed health care workers and a carpenter/builder (very hard to find one available in the UK at the moment). I am now looking for the knitting pattern for this Ferrari F355. 

 

https://scene360.com/art/16654/knitted-ferrari/ 

 

According to the test drive the handling is a bit woolly and the ride a touch soft. If you fancy taking up a real knitting challenge, what about this - a knitted royal residence!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-57334420

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TEAM LK LAW

Lindsay Kenney

There is so much you can do in beautiful British Columbia

Each of our team members has chosen a different activity to help raise funds for the Connect the World Challenge and the photos of our achievements really showcase the natural beauty and exceptional outdoor endeavours available in British Columbia

 

We caught fish, we ran trails, we hiked up mountains and some of us even caught ferries!!

Watch the videos:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Video 4

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Agustina Torre

Zang, Bergel & Viñes

This month's update

First steps!

Capsized! Sometimes things don’t go as planned.

30 nautical miles on a rainy day.

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Jacqueline Teo

Wee Swee Teow LLP

This month's update

Another 3 pots!

I'm throwing pots on the wheel for the challenge. Here are another 3 pots - which I tried to throw with decreasing weights of clay, while maintaining the shape/height. I haven't decided whether to keep them (for memory's sake) or to chuck them and try again.

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Pancho Roggero

Zang Bergel & Viñes

Update 5

Family Trip to NW of our Country

Fifth Leg: 180 Kilometres through the Yungas from Salta to Jujuy (arrived in Ticara)

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Washindi

Igeria & Hgugi Advocates

This month's update

( Swimming ) Mercy Karumba

I hour 20- 30 laps

I enjoy teaching and practicing swimming. However, butterfly stoke has always been my weakness. I gave it my best shot and it seems like I have one more style for my next lesson.

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Washindi

Igeria & Hgugi Advocates

This month's update

Martin Gigoni "Becoming one with Nature"

Hiking for  5km

Hiking peaked my interest (pun intended) as it is a great way to replenish the body and relax the mind as you connect with nature and all things peaceful and wonderful. I chose to trek the 5Km journey of one of Kenya's most beautiful trails at the heart of the capital city to get away from the daily hustles of capitalism and reengage myself nature.

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Jennifer Jett

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

This month's update

Volunteering and Travel

I had the honor of driving Miss Maggie and Mister Cody from Indianapolis, Indiana to Lexington, Kentucky for check-ups in July. Both are service-dogs-in-training with Indiana Canine Assistant Network and were fabulous passengers. It was a twelve-hour day, but I would be their chauffeur any time! I logged 7 hours in July volunteering with Little River Wetlands Project. For one project, I monitored a trail in Eagle Marsh, searching for monarch butterflies, whether in the egg, caterpillar, pupa, or adult stages. This study is done in cooperation with Monarch Joint Venture; the more we know about the health and numbers of monarchs, the more we can understand about the wellbeing of our environment for monarchs and for other species, including humans! So far, I have seen one egg, one newly hatched caterpillar and 10 adults. The study will continue into September for those of us in Indiana. I also have helped with testing of a river tributary in Eagle March, including chemistry tests and scooping for aquatic species, to help us gauge the health of the water and the local ecosystem. After their photo op (their presence is uploaded to a database), all the creatures were quickly and safely returned from the ice cube tray to their creek.

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Elaine Lister

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

This month's update

Up, up and away

Whilst air travel that starts and ends at major airports is complicated at the moment, taking to the sky from a local airfield is much less hassle. All you need is a fine day and a facemask. With husband Alan at the controls we took an afternoon helicopter trip over the South Downs and South Coast of England. A very enjoyable way to cover 100km without traffic jams.

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PAM FOSTER

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

Summer in Canada

It has been a busy couple of summer months in Canada. Many Canadians have spent the summer in "staycation" but I still managed to walk 298 km across the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia with the help of a virtual app. Fortunatley our health clubs, have opened up so I have been able to swim (10 k) and work out on the ellipical (30k). My little garden is now overflowing with beef steak and san marzano tomatoes. Many have already been put up for the winter months as Italian tomato sauce, my simple recipe here... https://downtonabbeycooks.com/easy-italian-tomato-sauce/

298 k walking, 5 k swimming, 30 k elliptical, 30 hours gardening, 3 hours canning

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Pancho Roggero

Zang Bergel & Viñes

Update 3

Family Trip to NW of our Country

Third leg: 200 Kilometres through Quebrada de las Conchas (Cafayate-Salta)

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Pancho Roggero

Zang Bergel & Viñes

Update 2

Family Trip to NW of our Country

Second Leg: 200 Kilometres through Valles Calchaquies (Tucumán-Cafayate)

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Sev Carlson

Kaempfer Crowell

This month's update

Well over half way - many balls struck many miles covered

I played 14 rounds of golf from multiple courses in Reno as well as one in Las Vegas. Then I had four more rounds scheduled between one course here at home and 3 in San Diego — sadly no photo op with Phil Mickelson but one day someone famous will notice me! A few more rounds to go but I'm really enjoying the challenge - come on golfers out there join me in multiple rounds for a good cause.

 

Photos courtesy of Robert Beck who has had a number of Sports Illustrated covers. We were very fortunate to have such an accomplished sports photographer follow us around free of charge.

https://robertbeckphotography.com/

18 Rounds and still going

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Pancho Roggero

Zang Bergel & Viñes

This month's update

Family Trip to NW of our Country

First leg: 1,200 kilometres from Buenos Aires to Tucuman. Visited the House of Tucuman where independence was declared in 1816

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Pancho Roggero

Zang Bergel & Viñes

Update 6

Family Trip to NW of our Country

Sixth Leg: 180 Kilometres to Salinas Grandes

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Pancho Roggero

Zang Bergel & Viñes

This month's update

BBQ for my team

I decided to start the challenge with BBQ for my team

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David Ettinger

Keller and Heckman

This month's update

Golf with my sons

One of the few sports I can keep up with my sons, okay the only sport, is golf. My dad taught me how to play, and I can remember the great times we shared on the course together. Wanting to share the same experiences, my boys picked up the game a few years ago. It's difficult to find the time to play, particularly living in a cosmopolitan city like Shanghai, but after finding a 9-hole course in the city (one we never knew existed!), I am using the Mackrell Connect the World Challenge to get us back out there with my boys. We played our first round of the summer yesterday, and I am looking forward to squeezing in a few more (and raise some money for our charities in the process!).

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Jacqueline Teo

Wee Swee Teow LLP

This month's update

Hitting my goal for the week!

Other than working as a lawyer, I am an aspiring potter. I started learning just before Covid-19 and have been loving every bit of it. My challenge is to throw 2 pots on the pottery wheel every week.

 

Here are my 2 pots for the week! It's the first time I'm trying a new weight and a new shape on the wheel.

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Pancho Roggero

Zang Bergel & Viñes

Update 4

Family Trip to NW of our Country

Fourth Leg: 400 Kilometres through Cuesta del Obispo (Salta-Cachi-Salta)

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WASHINDI

IGERIA & NGUGI ADVOCATES

This month's update

Run, jog, walk, cycle, climb, sail, row, swim, golf , yoga, fly, drive your dream car (or motorbike and sidecar), knit, sew, and bake. See the video here

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Martyn Edwards

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

BBQ surprise for friends

Well, Meryl asked meto sign up to three challenges each on a different favourite activity. This weekend was my first fave - cooking; and even better cooking BBQ. The surprise part of the BBQ was that all of our friends got to put money into the 'Connect the World Challenge' bin to donate to our charities. I'd like to think they all had a good time, good food and did a good deed along the way.

Burgers, Sausages, Kebabs, Salads, Cakes and much more cooked and served in the sun

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PAM FOSTER

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

This week's update

2 hours - Canada Day Saskatoon Tarts and Rhubarb Strawberry Muffins from the Garden. Recipe links: 

http://ow.ly/VkpT50Fp324

http://ow.ly/otXO50Fp326

1 hour - Pickleball (racquet sports) - It is harder than you think!

2 hours - weeding flower beds and pruning tomato plants

Walking - 28.13 k June 21 to June 27

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Washindi

Igeria & Hgugi Advocates

This month's update

Jillian Ndirangu Caving in Suswa

Caving for  3km

This month's challenge I wanted to cave and get the thrill of small and tight places for new adventure. I also wanted to find out if I could tolerate the smell of bat guano.

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MARK OLIVER

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL HQ, UK

This month's update

Weeds in the paving. Gone.

40 plants - planted or moved.

Vegetables sown.

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Erin Easingwood

EX LINDSAY KENNEY

This month's update

My crazy ‘crew’ and I have decided to sell our home in Whistler and take the whole family on an offshore sailing adventure.

 

We’ve haunted up and down the east coast of the Baja Peninsula in the Sea of Cortez, surrounded by whales, dolphins and rays. We will ride our hurricane season (until November) here in the Sea, with the hopes of seeing some whale sharks, and then we’ll cross to mainland Mexico and start making our way toward Panama. The Sea of Cortez has blown our minds, and we’re so, so, so grateful every day that we have the unique privilege to make these choices for our family.

We’ve covered over 1200 nautical miles since January,

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PAM FOSTER

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

This week's update

Driving

40 km in Canada Day parade with local mayor and members of parliament visiting long term care homes across Burlington, Ontario.

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PAM FOSTER

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

This week's update

Mowing - 2.2k mowing and trimming our 100+lawn..still working on getting my lines straight

Walking - 5k - 7th July. Enjoying a quiet casual 5k walk along the promenade next to Lake Ontario in Burlington, ON.

Walking - 18.25k = 6th July

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Elaine Lister

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

This month's update

Neighbours with Cool Cars

Over the weekend I met my neighbour Mark. We had both been out for a drive in the very early morning sunshine while the traffic police were still snoozing. His new wheels are a lot smarter than mine. A quick catch up over and much admiration of his new car on my part, I found myself being offered a trip out in his latest Ferrari - a 488 - I have never actually been out in a Ferrari before, so this was fun! As usual with male drivers we had to experience just how fast it could accelerate and the fact that we had only tapped the throttle etc . I was admiring the spanky leather interior and the gloss red paintwork - women! Whilst we only drove 25km to add to the Challenge mileage, we did cover it in a very short time! Want one.

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MARK OLIVER

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL HQ, UK

Daily walk down the Avenue - 3.2km

Walking down "The Avenue".

Named by me after The Avenue Middelharnis by Hobbema.

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MARK OLIVER

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL HQ, UK

This month's update

Weeds in the paving. Need to go. Full upper body work out.

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PAM FOSTER

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL

June update

2 banana breads. low fat on the left and low carb on the right. 1.5 hours: Recipes https://downtonabbeycooks.com/neverfail-healthy-banana-bread/ and https://downtonabbeycooks.com/gluten-and-sugar-free-banana-bread/Baking Keto buns and crackers - 2 hours

Mowing the lawn - 1 hour

Tennis - 1 hour

Walking - 5km

Gardening - 2 hours

Gardening - 3 hours

Baking - 30 scones

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ELAINE AND MERYL

Mackrell International HQ, UK

This month's update

This is where we will be posting our regular updates - what succeeded, what may not have gone according to plan and what is next on your list.

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KEITH HEDDLE

Mackrell International HQ, UK

This month's update

This is where we will be posting our regular updates - what succeeded, what may not have gone according to plan and what is next on your list.

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SANDEEP PETERS

MACKRELL INTERNATIONAL HQ, UK

This month's update

This is where we will be posting our regular updates - what succeeded, what may not have gone according to plan and what is next on your list.