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Djibouti, a tiny country on the Horn of Africa at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden, has become a refuge for people fleeing from neighbouring war zones. It’s here that former soldier and extreme adventurer Jordan Wylie visited various refugee camps and orphanages and saw first-hand the grim lives of many of the children, deprived of so many of the basic things which most children in the UK simply take for granted.

Determined to raise funds and awareness to build a new school for some of these children, Jordan embarked on a series of extraordinary adventures, becoming the first person to row solo and unsupported across the pirate-infested Bab-el-Mandeb Strait between Yemen and the Horn of Africa; running a series of extreme marathons in ice-cold climates around the world; and stand-up paddleboarding for longer and further than anyone ever had before at sea, in an attempt to circumnavigate mainland Great Britain, where he faced angry fisherman, busy shipping lanes, military firing ranges, crazy teenagers on jet-skis, psychotic jellyfish and, finally, Covid-19.

This is the inspirational true story of the lengths to which one man went to fulfil a dream and keep his promise of making a positive contribution to the lives of the people, especially children, in the war-torn countries he’d come to know so well through his travels. 


“Jordan is a fantastic role model for young people. He shows us all what you can achieve when you put your mind to it”

Tim Peake, astronaut and author

“It was a real privilege to work alongside Jordan and see first-hand his commitment to helping inspire the next generation.” 

Alex Gregory MBE, double Olympic champion

“A truly inspiring adventure filled with passion, purpose and humility.”

Aldo Kane, adventurer, explorer and TV presenter

“The extraordinary story of a former British soldier who had already done his duty but who went back to serve those whose lives are still blighted by war. Jordan Wylie epitomises the core values of our armed forces and veterans in everything he does to help others.” 

Johnny Mercer MP, former minister for defence people and veterans

“A very powerful true story of one man’s determination and endeavour to deliver on a special promise using the spirit of adventure.” 

ex King, mind coach and author of Good Vibes, Good Life

“Epic ocean adventures from a man who continues to push the boundaries of physical and psychological endurance.” 

Casper Steinfath, six-time world SUP champion

“A highly accomplished adventurer who continues to inspire young people around the world to never give up and follow their dreams.”

Nimsdai Purja MBE, elite soldier and mountaineer
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