Currently, Rose is one of two female contenders in the solo race category representing the United States. To date, no solo female rower from the United States has completed this route. Upon a successful completion, Rose would be the first Australian woman to accomplish this feat.
Having no prior athletic or boating background has not deterred Rose from taking on the challenge of a months-long solo journey across the ocean next year. Her training began in February 2012 and she currently trains about 30 hours a week. Her ultimate goal is to contribute as much financial support to the avian community as possible. “Avian conservation is my passion. I couldn’t think of a better way to dedicate myself and my time to something that means so much to me. “
All donations will be tax deductible and donors can track online which projects will be receiving funds. Sponsors so far include Subaru Superstore of Chandler and Maricopa Audubon Society. Rose is hoping individuals, as well as more local and national corporations will lend their support and help her make ocean rowing history. Training, race donation and sponsorship information is available at www.MaryRows.com.
About Chirping Central Conservation Fund
Since 2011, the Chirping Central Conservation Fund, a non-profit organization, has provided free services to avian groups raising conservation awareness. Founder Mary Rose has been a bird enthusiast for over 25 years and has volunteered countless hours to raise funds to halt the vortex of extinction for many avian species. Chirping Central supports smaller bird conservation efforts, which do not receive as much attention as large-scale projects, and is committed to providing assistance to a species crucial to our ecosystem so that they can thrive for generations to come.