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Prince Harry leaves for the South Pole this weekend

- November 14th, 2013
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Prince Harry arrives in Trafalgar Square for the launch of the Walking With the Wounded expedition to the South Pole. (Photo: WENN.com)

This is just cool.

Prince Harry will be heading to the South Pole this weekend with three teams of wounded soldiers (including two Canadians) where they will take on a 16 day challenge to go 335 km in -35C weather to bring attention to the charity Walking with the Wounded.

A broken toe won’t hold him back from taking part in the trek.

“This trip is another way of reminding everybody that as Afghanistan draws down and these guys aren’t in the news anymore so than they already are, it’s a reminder to everybody that support must continue,” Prince Harry said Thursday during a kick-off event, the BBC reported.

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There are three teams: the U.K., the U.S., and the Commonwealth.

The two Canadians are Alexandre Beaudin D’Anjou of Quebec and Chris Downey of Alberta.

D’Anjou suffers from paraesthesia, chronic back pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder after he was thrown in the air from an IED.

Downey lost his right eye, and suffered burns and internal injuries after an IED exploded near him and his team.

The teams will arrive in Antarctica on Tuesday. You can follow their progress on the Walking with the Wounded website.

Fun fact: If you’re a fan of the TV show The Wire, the actor who played McNaulty – Dominic West – has joined the Canadians and Australians on the Commonwealth team.

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The Walking with the Wounded teams (the Commonwealth team is in yellow). (Photo: Walkingwiththewounded.org.uk)

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