Bernie Hollywood has been supporting charities and social enterprises around the world for over 39 years helping them grow and thrive today and for the future.
An internationally renowned & critically acclaimed storyteller / speaker having spoken actively on numerous occasions at the United Nations - New York City, various Governmental Parliaments, TED talks, Corporate Conferences & Launches, Universities, High & Primary Schools.
He is one of the worlds most accomplished adventurers having reached the Geographic Poles, climbed some of the worlds highest mountains, trekked unsupported through deserts, cycled across continents, ran over 150 marathons (41 marathons solo consecutively back to back in 20 days) and is a holder of a Guinness World Record too!
The World's Toughest Row
He is seen as one of the world’s most elite and accomplished endurance adventurers having climbed some of the world's greatest mountains, trekked unsupported to the Geographic Poles, trekked across deserts, ran thousands of miles, cycled across the globe & holder of a prestigious Guinness World Record!
And now in his 40th year of giving and supporting hundreds of social enterprises around the world he is now preparing for the world's toughest rowing challenge which is to race 3,000 nautical miles solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 2022.
Not only is he rowing for up to 90 days at sea solo unsupported but he will be also be competing in the Talisker Atlantic Challenge Race.
The Race will be a significant test of endurance and of his mental resilience too.
Bernie has chosen the Samaritans & the British Rowing charity "LOVE Rowing" of whom he is the Foundation Manager as the two charities he wishes to support.
He will create a significant amount of publicity reaching a global audience of 880 million people which will raise awareness of their work and also raise a significant amount of funds to help both charities continue their work into the future.
You can follow Bernie’s preparation and build up to the event in December 2022 by following his regular blog posts and through the usual social media channels.
Countdown to Race Day
Over the last 39 years Bernie has been responsible for raising a staggering 42 million pounds for the charities that he supports here within the UK and around the world.
His work continues apace today as he sits on the board of a number of charities, mentoring hundreds to people within the sector, lecturing around the world on effective fundraising strategies, speaking regularly at the United Nations, Houses of Parliament to lobby and advise on how together we can make our world a better place to be.
He has been instrumental in providing financial solutions that have changed the face of fundraising across the world creating financial products and services that have raised millions of pounds / dollars for charities. He continues this work today advising some of the world's leading high tech charity companies around the world, so please continue to watch this space!
Bernie has been championing the Disability Rights of children around the world for the last ten years and has spoken recently at the United Nations in New York influencing the nations through the delivery of Sustainable Development Goals.
What’s remarkable is that Bernie has taken no financial reward whatsoever over the last three decades of his life changing work and he continues to provide his services today on a pro bono basis.
Through his transformational storytelling he has moved audiences around the world into action on how they can change the world.
He provides a free service to attend any conference or summit to tell his and others inspirational stories that have moved people to look and do things differently.
He has conveyed his stories at TED, Governments, United Nations, NGO’s, Universities and Schools around the world, so why not book him today as he is in huge demand.
Bernie will commence a tour of UK High and Primary Schools with his is "Boat of Hope" Team in early 2022 , in 2021 there will also be a very unique and special launch of his "Boat of Hope" so watch this space!
Love Rowing's mission is to create accesibile and inclusive rowing programmes for communities that are currently underrepresented in the sport.
It aims to change lives, working together with its partners, through the unique benefits and transformative impact of rowing. It provides grants , guidance and support to rowing clubs and community organisations and works with young people in education, people with disabilities / impairments and other currently underrepresented groups including BAME & other disadvantages groups.
WHAT WE DO
There are currently three programmes:
- School Programme: Supporting existing schools and community rowing clubs to work with new schools and drive inclusion of currently underrepresented and disadvantaged communities.
- Adaptive Programme: Supporting the development and delivery of high quality and accessible rowing programmes for people with disabilities and impairments.
- Community Programme: Delivering inclusive indoor rowing activity in new community settings, in partnership with local trusted partners and establishing pathway opportunities through local rowing clubs.
Love Rowing will also host a new British Rowing Alumi Club engaging former national rowers. The Alumni Club will focus on activity relating to safegauarding the sport, personal development and networking.
For more information about the Foundation go to: www.loverowing.org