Isle of Man Sporting & Dining Club presents An Evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes O.B.E. “The World’s Greatest Living Explorer” Sponsored by Isle of Man Post on Tuesday 02 October 2012 at the Gaiety Theatre.
Lisa Duckworth, Commercial Director of event sponsor Isle of Man Post Office said, “We are delighted to be supporting what will be a most magnificent evening with world renowned explorer and established author Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE taking centre stage. We are confident he will live up to the expectation of being one of the world’s inspirational and motivational speakers, and the evening will be a sell-out. The Sporting & Dining Club manages to secure some fantastic speakers, and this is truly one of the greats. We very much look forward to this rare and unique opportunity to be in Sir Ranulph’s company.”
The Sporting & Dining Club’s John Wannenburgh added “To be able to secure Sir Ranulph to speak less than a month before he sets off on his year-long expedition is an amazing coup, and will give the Isle of Man audience real-time positioning in his truly remarkable career. Sir Ranulph is an iconic figure and hearing his unique take on life will provide a fascinating evening’s entertainment.”
Explorer and Mount Everest conqueror Sir Ranulph Fiennes is one of the world’s top inspirational business motivational speakers and has thrilled audiences everywhere with his superbly illustrated and highly motivating talks and presentations. His inspiring message is relevant to anyone – male, female, young or old.
Born in England in 1944 and brought up in Africa, he followed his father’s path into the Scots Greys before joining the elite SAS regiment. He was then the youngest captain in the British Army but was dismissed for blowing up the film set of Doctor Doolittle. After 2 years with the Sultan of Oman’s forces, he began a series of expeditions.
“LOOK FOR A BRAVE SPIRIT” is the Fiennes family motto – and a thousand years of courageous and resourceful ancestors, traceable directly to Charlemagne, live on in Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Fiennes’ entertaining and inspiring presentations are adapted not only to suit each audience or conference theme but also to keep up with his latest expeditions.
A burning message of personal motivation relevant to any demanding activity in the increasingly competitive business field is guaranteed to fire up any audience with enthusiasm.
His exploits have seen Sir Ranulph travel up the White Nile in a hovercraft; parachuting onto Europe’s highest glacier; forcing his way up 4,000 miles of the mightiest rivers of Canada and Alaska; trekking on foot and unsupported to the North Pole and the great Transglobe expedition in which Fiennes and his companion Charles Burton became the first men in history to reach both Poles.
He was the Personal Representative (Europe) of Doctor Armand Hammer, Chairman of Occidental Oil, from 1984-1992.
In 1993, the Queen awarded him the OBE for human endeavour and charitable services. His expeditions to date have raised over £5 million for charity.
He has published 12 books including The Feather Men, which was the UK and Commonwealth Number One Bestseller as well as Mind Over Matter and Living Dangerously.
In November 2003, Ranulph Fiennes and Mike Stroud completed an incredible seven marathons in seven days: a global adventure that began in the wilds of South America and finished in New York’s concrete jungle.
In March, 2007, despite former frostbite injuries, limited climbing experience and a fear of heights, at the age of 63, Ran successfully climbed the North Face of the Eiger to raise money for the Marie Curie cancer charity after losing his wife, mother and sister to the disease over an 18-month period.
At the age of 65 and at his 3rd attempt, he conquered Mount Everest. He told the BBC, “This is the closest you can get to the moon by walking.”
The elements vital to the success – indeed the survival – of Fiennes and his expedition colleagues include teamwork, leadership, determination, patience, discipline, enthusiasm and creative thinking: all equally important in less hazardous occupations. Building a team with the right character and attitude is of paramount importance. Persistence; tolerance; understanding; planning skills; high organisational ability; fitness for the task in hand; flexibility to meet and beat unexpected obstacles; goal-setting and performing under extreme pressure are clearly all factors in Fiennes’ remarkable endeavours.
This is true in any highly competitive career, whether in business, sport, the arts or academic life.
As a measure of his abilities, Sir Ranulph was selected by IBM New York as their chief motivational speaker out of 700 top international speakers. He spoke at 65 major conferences worldwide.
Tickets are on sale from 20th April at an Early Bird special rate of £15.00 per person for the first month of sales, and thereafter from £17.50 per person. Concessions are available.
To purchase tickets please contact the Gaiety Theatre box office or online at www.gov.im/villagaiety, by telephone 600555 or in person at the Villa Marina reception or the Sea Terminal Building Tourist Information centre.