Harmonic sponsors Polar Preet in her 2021 South Pole solo trek

‘Polar Preet’ is the nickname given to Army physiotherapist Captain Preet Chandi, who is planning to trek to the South Pole this winter in a challenging solo expedition. Preet’s tenacity, determination and zest for new challenges are values we share here at Harmonic, and we are delighted to be able to support her mission.

Preet had already completed the Marathon des Sables, known as the toughest race on Earth. Looking for a new challenge, she settled on a solo trek through Antarctica – the world’s largest desert, measuring 13.8 million square kilometres.

Preet will be travelling a total distance of 700 miles over 45 days, battling temperatures of -50°C and wind speeds of up to 60mph. She will haul everything she needs in a pulk sled behind her, including her food, fuel, and tent.

“My aim for this expedition is to inspire others to achieve anything they want and to redefine what’s possible,” says Preet. “The power of seeing someone that looks like you can change or shape how you view yourself. I want to show and tell you that the world is your oyster. There is so much you can do, let’s break down those barriers!”

While 50% of the overall funding raised will go towards the expenses of her trek, the remainder will be put towards an adventure grant – kickstarting in 2022 – for women conducting unusual challenges.

Harmonic’s Chief Executive, Tom Samuel, commented: “We are thrilled to be part of Preet’s adventure. It’s a fantastic challenge and we all look forward to supporting Preet as she inspires us all!”

If Preet is successful in reaching the South Pole, she plans to return to Antarctica for a subsequent expedition and make a solo crossing of the entire continent. As a British-born Indian Sikh, she will be the first Asian woman to undertake a solo expedition in Antarctica and will be one of the first 10 female adventurers to complete a solo trek in Antarctica.

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