Australian adventurers Cas (James Castrission, 29) and Jonesy (Justin Jones, 28) were greeted to a hero's welcome at Sydney International Airport this morning after returning to Australia following their record-breaking Antarctic trek.
Cas and Jonesy created history on Australia Day by becoming the first team to trek completely unaided from the edge of the Antarctic to the South Pole and back. The pair were mobbed by friends, family, loved ones and well wishers in emotional scenes at Sydney Airport's International Arrivals Hall this morning.
"I have never been happier to be home," said an ecstatic Jonesy. "It's difficult to describe what we are feeling right now but having all of our friends, family, loved ones and even members of the public come and welcome us home early on a Sunday morning is simply overwhelming."
"This trek was by some distance the hardest thing I have ever done," explained Cas. "Quite simply, I can't wait to have a BBQ and tuck into a few beers with friends and family. I am actually getting married in three weeks as well so will do my best to regain some of this weight I have lost over the past three months!"
The pair spent 89 gruelling days completing the trek before being held up by bad weather at the Hercules Inlet air-strip. Losing approximately 55kg between them due to severe malnutrition, the boys have spent the past couple of days recuperating and receiving medical treatment in South America before their flight home.
The Crossing the Ice expedition aimed to raise money for the Sony Foundation charitable campaign You Can, which supports young people in Australia with cancer. Young Australians with cancer do not receive specialist treatment and are placed in either paediatric or adult wards.
Followers of Cas and Jonesy can still show their support by donating at www.casandjonesy.com.au with all funds raised going towards the creation of specialist youth cancer centres.
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