Automotive suppliers in Birmingham are set to play a major role in helping two sporting enthusiasts complete a record breaking challenge.
Accelerate, the supply chain initiative for the region, has announced that the Atlantic Rowing Challenge by Rachel Smith and Lin Griesel in aid of Breast Cancer Care will be its official ten year birthday charity.
The two adventurers are looking to raise £100,000 by rowing nearly 3,000 miles from the Spanish Island of La Gomera to Antigua and could face up to 30 foot waves, blistering heat, large oil tankers and a variety of wildlife along the way.
Lucy Prinsep, project manager for Accelerate, said: "2006 is a very special birthday for us and we wanted to choose a charity to get behind.
"Both Rachel and Lin have had family members who have had breast cancer."
Formed in 1996, Accelerate is planning a host of events that will be used as fundraising exercises for the Atlantic Rowing Challenge, which is due to launch in late 2007.
Ms Prinsep said: "The duo need £66,560 just to cover the cost of the boat, supplies and emergency back-up and, on top of that, are looking to raise over £100,000 for Breast Cancer Care and break a few records in the process.
"Whilst Birmingham suppliers can get involved through Accelerate-backed events, we are also asking them to do their own thing as well."