CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An 11-year-old, Isabel Gray, from Charleston will soon be doing something no one her age has ever done.
Isabel will be joining arctic explorer and environmental advocate, Robert Swan, on an expedition to Antarctica. The journey is to raise awareness about protecting the Arctic poles.
Isabel will be the youngest ever to go on this trip with 100 others. Her dad will travel with her as well.
After she had the opportunity to listen to Swan talk in Charleston she was inspired. According to Gray's Go Fund Me Page, he talked about the "wildness of Antarctica and its need to be protected beyond the current treaty which spares the continent from oil exploration and drilling until 2041."
On Saturday, Isabel had a fundraiser at the Charleston Pour House for her trip. She has been busy trying to raise money by playing her violin on King Street too. She will leave with her dad in two weeks. They've started a Go Fund Me Page called Isabel's Polar Journey to help raise $29,000. At this time she's met about one third of her goal.
The funds will cover expedition costs, travel expenses, insurance and logistical fees.
Isabel has advice for kids pursuing their dreams.
"A lot of people think that you should wait until you grow up to do something great," she said. "But [with] kids, even if they have a little bit of less opportunities than adults sometimes, they can still do a lot if they set their mind to it."