Cape Town - Olympic medalist Terence Parkin is competing in a mammoth 1 120km marathon of cycling, swimming, running and canoeing challenge to raise funds for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa and he will be joined by Sipho Qoko.
A competitive Dusi, and Non-Stop Dusi paddler, Qoko will be joining Parkin on what can only be described as a mammoth test of endurance.
"This initiative is important to me because we are tackling a big challenge to help raise funds for people with disabilities - people who face bigger challenges than this race every day of their lives. For me this is a good opportunity to do something that makes a difference in other people's lives, and I've always wanted to be someone who does that. I am very grateful to have ADreach supporting me through this journey. Their involvement with my paddling and my career so far has helped me overcome many obstacles," said Ooko.
Canoe Concepts has very kindly donated a K2 canoe for Parkin and his partner to use to race the
Dusi. Qoko will paddling in a K1.
The details of their epic expedition are below:
February 4: St Vincent School for the Deaf, Johannesburg to Frankfort (200km)
February 5: Frankfort to Phuthaditjhaba (200km) and a visit to Thiboloha School for the Deaf and Blind
February 6: Phuthaditjhaba to Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho (140km)
February 7: Afriski Mountain Resort to Underberg (180km)
February 8: Underberg to Midmar Dam (183km)
Swimming - Midmar Mile
February 9-11: Midmar Mile event where Terence will swim 17.8km over 3 days
February 11: Midmar Dam to Shooter’s Hill (26km)
February 12: Shooter’s Hill to Albert Falls (27km)
February 13: Albert Falls to Natal Canoe Club (27km) – Start of Dusi Canoe Marathon
Canoeing - Dusi Canoe Marathon
February 14: Natal Canoe Club to Dusi Bridge (40km)
February 15: Dusi Bridge to Inanda Dam (44km)
February 16: Inanda Dam to Blue Lagoon (36km)
Parkin is an Ambassador for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. Francois Pienaar, Chairperson of the Foundation and CEO Ryk Neethling fully support Terence's Initiative and encourages other South Africans to lend their support to this worthy cause.
The 1 120km Fund Raising Challenge 2019 starts on February 4.