A little more than a month to go before Alan Lau sets off to row solo without support across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for Children on the Edge!
He has been planning and training for this expedition since 2010, and after a couple of delayed schedules, it is now about to become reality. He will be rowing between Gran Canaria and Barbados and has a goal of completing the row within 85 days. The expedition is completely self funded by Alan and every penny raised will be going to our work with vulnerable children across the world.
As well as the row, last week Alan was joined by the local Christchurch Girl Guides to spend a day painting his boat. They did an excellent job, and really enjoyed the rare opportunity. Some of the girls were really intrigued, asking lots of questions and even had a taste of expedition food.
Alan said “A couple of the girls were asking a fair amount of questions on the expedition. They wanted to know what I would be eating, so I got some food out and they chose a Sweet And Sour Chicken to try. It was quite funny watching their reactions. Some of them thought it tasted good, but majority of them thought it was not that enjoyable. At least, that’s what their expressions said”.
Alan will also be doing a few assembly presentations at schools before the row to motivate and inspire children about going for their own challenges and making a difference.
You can help support his cause by going to his Justgiving page and follow the adventure by reading his blog which will actually track the boats progress across the ocean.
You can follow the challenge and all the preparation on Facebook and watch this interview with Alan on Youtube!
We’re hugely grateful to Alan for choosing to support us through this incredible personal challenge and wish him every success in his adventure. Watch this space for updates as and when they come through.