MTV star Matthew Pritchard is to row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for rescued animals.
The stunt man turned vegan cookbook author will row 3,200 miles from Lanzarote to Antigua to raise money for Dean Farm Trust and Humen.
Pritchard – creator and star of the hit show Dirty Sanchez – and his team is rowing un-assisted. All four crew members will e and sleep aboard their custom-built boat for 35-45 days. Moreover, Pritchard is ‘undertaking this challenge on an entirely vegan and plant-based diet’.
‘Our boat will be entirely meat-free’
In a statement sent to Plant Based News, the celeb said he is ‘really looking forward to the mission – which commences on April 3.
He added: “I’ve no doubt in my mind that this will challenge me mentally and physically for however long it takes us to arrive in Antigua. [The] Covid-19 lockdown has affected us all in a very big way and especially the mental health of all of us.
“So, to be able to row and raise much needed funds to help those who are suffering is extremely important.
“After visiting Dean Farm Trust and seeing the great work that they do for its residents. Being a proud Patron of their charity, which has struggled with funds due to lockdown, it’ll be a fantastic opportunity to hopefully raise a tremendous amount of funds to help the animals.
“Being vegan myself, I will be doing the crossing on a plant-based diet, highlighting to everyone that we don’t need animal products to fuel and power our bodies.
“Our boat will be entirely meat free! I’m extremely grateful to Monkey Fist Adventures for giving us all the opportunity and platform to raise awareness for these important subjects.”
‘What a hero’
Mary Frankland is the founder of Dean Farm Trust – which has around 180 residents. She said: “We’re so in awe of Matt and his drive to always challenge himself and his dedication to raising awareness and much-needed funds for our little sanctuary.
“Since we first met Matt in February of last year, he has been such fantastic support. This is an incredible challenge and we can’t wait to follow his journey across the Atlantic. What a hero!”
Last year, comedian Russell Brand promoted Pritchard’s Dirty Vegan cookbook to his 11.2 million Twitter followers.
The comedian turned spiritual podcaster posted a selfie with the book – which contains 80 ‘cracking’ plant-based recipes. The book follows Pritchard’s BBC vegan cooking show The Dirty Vegan.
Brand wrote: When I knew Pritchard at MTV in the noughties… I didn’t think I’d one day I’d be recommending his vegan cookbook. Bong-making technique, maybe. The fact is, it’s great.”