John Dennis – Dare2Express Mission to the South Pole
Depression is not a fashionable cause and is all too often considered a ‘taboo’ subject. When EOS Facades were approached by one of their design partners John Dennis, with his inspiring challenge to trek to the South Pole, EOS Facades had no hesitation in supporting this worthwhile cause.
Diagnosed with depression in 2013, John Dennis began a challenging journey of self-discovery. He set himself a demanding goal – to attempt a solo, unsupported expedition – John is set to travel 1170km in just 37 days from the Hercules Inlet to the South Pole.
EOS Facades supported John throughout his dark days whilst he was working in their design department and were keen to provide financial support to enable him to complete this mission.
After experiencing first-hand the destructive effects of depression on his life, John wants to encourage others to speak out and ‘dare2express’.
To raise awareness and funds for charities that help people through depression, John aims to be the first and only New Zealander to ski solo, unsupported to the South Pole – only 20 people have completed a solo expedition on this route – which is equivalent of walking 30 back to back marathons, towing a 90 kilogram pulk. During this time, he will receive no resupplies, no assistance and have no camera crew.
“If I can complete this route in under 37 days, it would be a fantastic achievement. However, if I can raise awareness for depression and it helps people, all the sacrifices that I’ve asked my family to endure will be made worth it.” says John.
We are pleased to share John’s thank you video with our website visitors:
Click on the video below to watch a short documentary highlighting John’s struggle with depression, his recovery and pending expedition to Antarctica: