WHERE's

Heather

Now?

Standing on the shoulders of yesterday's giants

to raise up tomorrow's

 Pacific Giants  is rowing across the ocean from California to Hawaii to bring lasting change in communities facing poverty. With a solo female crew, the goal is to raise $100 for each of the 2,500 miles rowed to support programs that raise up giants in their communities.

Help reach the $250,000 goal!

To donate, click on the relevant flag to receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donation. If you're not living in one of these places, you get to pick a lucky one!

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You can learn more about the charities and projects that are being

supported here and read the real-life stories of those involved in

our Giants of Today blog posts

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WHERE's Heather Now?

We are like dwarfs sitting on the

shoulders of giants. We see more, and

things that are more distant, than they did,

not because our sight is superior or

because we are taller than they,

but because they raise us up,

and by their great stature add to ours.

– John of Salisbury (Metalogicon, 1159) 

The Crew

Standing at 5'6", Heather Taylor is not what you would call a giant.

​Born in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada, Heather grew up loving the water. She first tried rowing as an alternative to risking another concussion after a high school rugby tackle gone wrong. In rowing, she discovered a sport that was worth getting up at 4am for. Having rowed on the rivers and lakes of Canada and Australia, she'll tackle the Pacific one stroke at a time. 

Off the water, Heather studied geological engineering at Queen's University in Canada and then moved to New Zealand for postgraduate studies in natural disaster management. In 2012, she headed for Australia, her paternal homeland. Based in Perth, she works for the Western Australian state government in disaster management. When she is not working, she is studying physics and space science at the Royal Military College of Canada.​

While science and sports have kept her mind and body engaged, her heart rests with the real giants—the unrecognized giants in our world who work hard to provide for their families and communities in the face of many injustices. Heather's childhood was spent playing hopscotch on the coloured tiles of the Emmanuel International (EI) office floor where her parents have worked for over 40 years to serve the rural poor in East Africa, Haiti, Brazil, and the Philippines. As an adult, she has spent time in Haiti and Malawi with EI and lived in Indonesia for several months when doing her postgraduate research on children's experiences of natural disasters.

Bringing together all these pieces of her life, she is on a mission to share the stories of the real giants as she sets off across the Pacific.  

 

Check out the rest of the team here 

 
 

The Mission

now Honolulu

(thanks corona) 

To row 2,100 nautical miles (3,890 km) across the Pacific Ocean. 

 

Starting from Monterey, California in April 2020, Heather will not see land for 60 to 90+ days until she arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Armed with 120 days of rations, a water maker, and three sets of oars, she’ll be on her own until she arrive in Hilo on the Big Island.
 

More people have been to space or climbed Mt. Everest than have crossed an ocean in a rowing boat. Unless someone else gets there first, she'll be the first Canadian to complete a mid-Pacific row, and the first Australian to solo it.

 

The Reason

There are many reasons why someone would choose to row across an ocean: to seek a challenge, to escape the rat race, because they're crazy or just because they can!

The idea to row an ocean for me has been like a little seed that was planted and slowly took root. Despite the disappointment of not one but two successive teammates pulling out from joining me, the idea has dug itself in even deeper. I never thought I'd be doing this, and I certainly didn't think I'd be doing it on my own. Yet somehow, here is where I am. 

 

While I love being out on the open water, embracing the thrill of new challenges, I know these motivators will only carry me through a few days on the untamed ocean. At the heart of it I know—and I will remember on Day 43

when the waves are 30 ft high and all I want to do is sleep—it's not about me. 

 

I believe that I have been put on this earth for a reason: to love mercy, act justly, walk humbly with my God, and to love my neighbour as myself. My life might so easily have not been one of privilege—I could be living in Yemen right now, where my mom was born.  I have met others who have not shared my privilege and as far as I can tell, we're not that different from one another. We can all do something about the injustices we see. Rowing an ocean is certainly not the only way to do it, but through it I hoping I can make a small drop in a very large ocean. 

To really get an idea of what I mean and the type of work I'm backing, watch the video below. To find out more about the organisations I'm partnering with and why, and to donate to the fundraising goal, click here 

                                                                                                                                      ~ Heather   

 

The Reason

There are many reasons why someone would choose to row across an ocean: to seek a challenge, to escape the rat race, because they're crazy or just because they can!

The idea to row an ocean for me has been like a little seed that was planted and slowly took root. Despite the disappointment of not one but two successive teammates pulling out from joining me, the idea has dug itself in even deeper. I never thought I'd be doing this, and I certainly didn't think I'd be doing it on my own. Yet somehow, here is where I am. 

 

While I love being out on the open water, embracing the thrill of new challenges, I know these motivators will only carry me through a few days on the untamed ocean. At the heart of it I know—and I will remember on Day 43

when the waves are 30 ft high and all I want to do is sleep—it's not about me. 

 

I believe that I have been put on this earth for a reason: to love mercy, act justly, walk humbly with my God, and to love my neighbour as myself. My life might so easily have not been one of privilege—I could be living in Yemen right now, where my mom was born.  I have met others who have not shared my privilege and as far as I can tell, we're not that different from one another. We can all do something about the injustices we see. Rowing an ocean is certainly not the only way to do it, but through it I hoping I can make a small drop in a very large ocean. 

To really get an idea of what I mean and the type of work I'm backing, watch the video below. To find out more about the organisations I'm partnering with and why, and to donate to the fundraising goal, click here 

                                                                                                                                      ~ Heather   

Get On Board

Individual Partnership

We need your help so if you're not up for getting in the boat  we'd love you to partner with us in other ways!

There are 3 ways you can partner with the Pacific Giants:

  1. Sponsor money towards our boat, equipment, and training on the Pacific Giants' Go Fund Me page.

    • Pre-launch, become a 'Stowaway'  with a $250+ gift and get your name on the boat.​​

    • Post-launch we still need help for things like shipping the boat and trailer home.

  2. Volunteer for our rowing or media support team.

    • Help us in the boat and survive on the water.

    • Lend a hand in video editing or public communications.

  3. Share the Pacific Giants with your friends: our cause, our preparations and our ocean adventure.

Get involved and see the fruit of your labours float across the ocean and transform lives.

Corporate Sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship is a win-win situation. Your assistance helps us get to and across the ocean and we'll get your name out there.  

Your contributions will go towards the purchase of a sea-worthy boat, and the supplies and services that will get Heather to the starting line and safely through the row. These include flights, shipping, safety equipment, food, supplies, sea survival and navigation courses, etc.

 

Sponsorship support can come in the way of:

  1. Monetary support;

  2. In-kind donations of goods and services. 

There are great benefits to sponsoring the Pacific Giants and different sponsorship packages available.

Give to Community Development

For each of the 2,500 miles rowed, we aim to raise $100 for international community development.

Whether you decide to donate $1 to thousands of dollars, every cent counts and makes a difference.

We have chosen to support Emmanuel International and TEAR Australia because of:  

  1. their commitment to women’s empowerment through community development programs in developing countries;

  2. their financial transparency; and

  3. the way they do their work—all their programs are conducted by local staff and local organizations, meaning the greatest and most culturally appropriate work is done.

You can make direct donations to Emmanuel International and/or TEAR Australia through the Pacific Giants links.

This is the crux of the matter, so join us on board to reach the goal of $250,000!

There are three ways to get involved, whether you are an individual or a business.

 

The Sponsors

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MOUNTS BAY SAILING CLUB PERTH AUSTRALIA
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Stowaways 

Individual Sponsors who are coming along for the ride with their name on the boat! 

Ron & Joanne Vincent

Albert Harris

Tom Russell

Ellie & Aaron Mitchell

Melissa, Dave, Norah & James

Helen Kent

Sandy MacKenzie Insurance

Russell Prowse

Sara Russell

Barry Campbell

Grant Wilson

Daniel & Anita Hill

The Shiners

Stephanie Taylor

Elwood Social Run + Swim

Hannah Bottrell

Celina Fowler

The Stirlings

Elsabet Taylor

Merv & Joye Hanna

Bilingual by Five

Brian Taylor

Jon McArdell

The Theunissens

Francis Family 

Kassi Klepper

Gladys Chua

Yestin, Beth and Norah Rees

Tanya & Jeremy Jones 

Richard & Pam McGowan

Emmanuel International Canada

Tim Teow

RuBeLoJo

Aaron & Christine Woodhouse

Helen & Paul Jones

Amy Stopher

178 Barrie Ladies

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Matt Jayaraman

Your Edquist Family 

Liam Ryan 

Cynthia Pierre

Lilian Baxter

 

Contact Us

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  • Pacific Giants YouTube
 

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