Grant Thornton announces sponsorship of The Last Great First, a world-first expedition in Antarctica


As part of Grant Thornton’s new brand promise, Reach for Remarkable, the company is sponsoring The Last Great First which will see climate advocates, Doctors and polar explorers, Gareth Andrews and Richard Stephenson, set off to ski coast to coast across Antarctica. Starting in October 2022, the world-first journey will be the longest unsupported expedition of either pole at 2600km in length and taking 110 days to complete.



Reach for Remarkable is a new brand promise for Grant Thornton and represents the firm’s commitment to care for its clients, communities and people – an aspiration the company and all its team members strive to live up to everyday. Grant Thornton is proud to support.

The Last Great First and the Doctor’s remarkable endeavour that is not only an incredible challenge, but will provide unique data to combat climate change, support the community, and make a lasting impact on future generations. The Last Great First’s expedition spirit and goals align with Grant Thornton’s CARE values of Collaboration, Authenticity, Responsibility and Excellence, which underpin the organisation and its people in all their professional pursuits. Supporting The Last Great First initiative is also important to Grant Thornton as climate change and sustainability have become the most pressing and important issues for most Australians and the world, including the firm’s people and clients.

Greg Keith, CEO Grant Thornton Australia said, “To help us build and strengthen our reputation and achieve our purpose over time, we have created the Reach for Remarkable brand promise which means we are committed to striving to provide a remarkable experience for our people, our clients and our communities in every interaction.

“The Last Great First also gives us a chance to be involved in a project that drives climate change action, supports the community, and motivates us to reach our goals. Through our sponsorship we are able to join Doctors Gareth and Richard on their exciting and inspiring journey, which is not only a remarkable world-first, but also an opportunity to collect crucial data essential in combating climate change.

” Dr Gareth Andrews said, “Working with Grant Thornton is incredible for us. It opens up our expedition to a whole new community of people and to be backed by a forward-thinking organisation that are really behind us gives us a huge amount of support and motivation – that’s why we’re so thrilled to have Grant Thornton on board as sponsors.

” Dr Richard Stevenson said, “Through its sponsorship Grant Thornton has shown us their people have a willingness to believe, to get excited, and to want to be involved in something that’s pushing the envelope and never been done before. Gareth and I are doing something that’s right at the edge of what is humanly possible, while using the opportunity to inspire others. We are humbled by the amazing opportunity to shine a light on the greatest existential challenge that is facing humanity – climate change. That’s what makes us passionate and excited about the expedition, and I think that’s the same thing that makes our sponsors, including Grant Thornton, passionate and excited too.”

The Last Great First explorers, Doctors Gareth and Richard, are determined to inspire people of all ages to reach for their personal and community aspirations. As former Scouts, they are also collaborating with over 50 million #7645021v2 © 2022 Grant Thornton Australia Limited. All rights reserved. Scouts worldwide to empower young people, their leaders, families and supporters. As such, Grant Thornton’s commitment to supporting organisations focused on the development of our younger generation is another factor in sponsoring The Last Great First.

During the expedition, we will check in on Doctors Gareth and Richard to track their progress and provide them with support. Grant Thornton chatted with the Doctors in the first episode of its new podcast series, The Remarkables which explores remarkable stories about incredible people working to better their communities and inspire others over ten episodes released monthly. In this extended conversation Doctors Gareth and Richard provide more details about their objectives, how they are preparing for this colossal expedition, and some of the challenges they may face along the way. Learn more about The Last Great First sponsorship here and follow the expedition here.


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