IT’S an image that captures the pure joy, relief and freedom of having achieved a feat that no other Australian had done before…
The Gold Coast’s Dr Geoff ‘The Vet’ Wilson had just broken the 1,100km Australian record for solo Polar travel.
He “pitched (the) tent and celebrated as any Aussie would (without beer and BBQ), got naked and ran around the tent”.
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The photo, taken in January this year, is titled ‘Freedom’ and it is one of many incredible images that will go under the hammer at the Pink Polar Finale at the Arts Centre Gold Coast on Thursday, May 1.
Geoff will share with the audience many tales of the terrifying hurdles as well as moments of pure joy he encountered as he became the first Australian to cross the Antarctic continent solo and unassisted and in world record time.
Along with more stunning signed images from the ‘Iceman’, the Pink Polar Photographic Exhibition showcases the work of local photographer Brad Wagner.
He donated his time and resources photographing people and objects themed ‘pink’ to raise money for the Pink Polar Expedition.
High profile Gold Coasters such as Ironwoman Hayley Bateup, radio announcer Luke Bradnam and breast cancer survivor and Geoff’s inspiration, Kate Carlyle, are featured in the works.
You have the chance to secure your own piece of history as final bids are taken on the photographs, to continue raising money for the McGrath Foundation.
The silent auction is currently running on the Pink Polar Facebook page, with final bids taken at the Pink Polar Finalé event on 1 May.