Motivational speaker Dame Ellen MacArthur is known around the world as the woman who when she was just 24 raced for 94 days non-stop and single-handedly around the world.
Before this, however, Ellen had won the solo transatlantic race from Britain to America then won the Route du Rhum from France to the Caribbean. A couple of years later, Ellen became the fastest person to sail around the world single-handedly, after which she was knighted by the Queen of England and given the Legion d’Honneur from Nicolas Sarkozy, the then president of France.
Retiring from her favourite sport at the peak of her abilities, motivational speaker Ellen MacArthur decided to use her skills in overcoming the odds in a completely different direction. Determined to help people aged between eight and 24 who have had leukaemia and cancer, she set up the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
Never one to sit back and admire her achievements, Ellen then went on to form the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, working with scientists as well as central and local government to look into how humans can exist on a planet with limited supplies of energy, water and various materials. The stated aim of the Foundation – which focuses on communication, education and business – is to accelerate “the transition to a regenerative, circular economy”.
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