A Melbourne man is planning to set a Christmas Travel record to raise money for UNICEF Australia and racing Santa around the world for the longest Christmas Day ever.
The idea came after Fraser Watt enjoyed a drink or two with a mate and the good old bucket list question…’How do you make the best of the days you have left?’ and so was born the hunt to beat the current record of 46 hour day which was questionably achieved by crossing the international date line (and therefore not within one day).
Mr Watt has found a way to extend his day out to 47 hours, making it the longest Christmas Day possible. Starting his Christmas adventure at Midnight in Auckland, he will fly to Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and finally touching down in Honolulu just before midnight Christmas Day achieving a 47-hour day of festivities.
But Fraser say’s he won’t be celebrating too much in during his record making attempt, wearing his festive red suit, compression garments, hydration and no alcohol have been prescribed to avoid DVT.
He has been able to purchase the mammoth 47-hour journey using his lifetime savings of frequent flyer points which will see him travel some 31,703 kilometres (roughly 674 kms per hour).
“I’m raising funds for UNICEF because if you’re going to spend Christmas Day at 40,000ft in an aluminium tube dodging DVT, you do it for a cause and at Christmas there’s no better cause than kids so, bearing in mind this is a global record, there’s no better global children’s charity than UNICEF.”
Fraser has a target to raise $20,000 on his ‘Longest Christmas Day’ fundraiser.
To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/longest-christmas