Project 71 is run by volunteers and is a strictly not for profit organisation.
You can sponsor the boys and girls on this gruelling challenge here via GoFundMe.
We hope to raise funds by re-enacting the famous and gruelling Currahee training exercise as used by Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st US Airporne during WW2. The regiment was initially formed during World War II at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, in 1942 where it earned its nickname, "Currahees", after the camp's Currahee Mountain. Paratroopers in training ran from Camp Toccoa up Currahee Mountain and back with the shout "three miles up, three miles down!" The Cherokee word, which translates to "Stand Alone", also became the unit's motto.
Local re-enactors will march the "three miles up, three miles down" from Southwick village, home of the D Day map room, up to Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill in Hampshire and back again, in full WW2 paratrooper kit. In the war they were expected to do this in 15 minutes each way!
Project 71 is a support group for WW2 veterans. We provide days out, monthly lunches and visits to help those who live alone. We have supplied ipads to help them keep in touch with family, mobility scooters and emergency aids. Recently through the Corona virus pandemic we have made regular deliveries of food, magazines, books and puzzles to try and help those in isolation. As a result of this funds are running very low.
Curahee 2021 Team Members
Ben 'Trigga' Rowlands
Loire Coffey (Strictly Admin!)
Kindly supported by SSAFA . Registered charity in England and Wales (210760), Scotland (SCO38056) & the Republic of Ireland (20006082).
(Portsdown Hill 22nd May 2021)