Visitors to this year"s Sanctuary Cove International BoatShow have witnessed rower, Andrew Abrahams beat the world recordattempt at the Million Meter Row, which he broke in the freezingsolitude of 1am Sunday morning, smashing the record by a massive 8hours, 47 minutes and 10 seconds. The record was previously held by Nigel Gower, from the UK. For his herculean efforts, Andrew wins "a shirt and a pair ofshorts" and the title of course from the makers of hisConcept2 rowing machine, which he calls "Elvis". "But the real point of it all is to raise funds for seriouslyill kids," he said this morning, enjoying his first cup ofcoffee in five days. |
"I feel good, pretty tired," he added. "The firstthing I am going to do is lie face down on the bed. I am hungry butit"s hard to eat. I have flavour fatigue from eating so muchduring the row." Still at the boat show on the final day, Sunday 27 May, Andrew istaking challenges this morning from staff and exhibitors wanting tostretch their muscles.
He said that after the Million Meter Row, heneeds to row for an hour a day and gradually wind it back to ensurehis muscles recover." His team has not yet counted the funds raised and pledged, butAndrew said people have been extremely generous. "Everybodyhas been very supportive. They told me they saw me on‘Sunrise" and came in to support us." Andrew is raising funds through Lions and Couee Community. Throughthe Lions Club of Rochedale Springwood and Couee Community, Andrewis able to guarantee that all profits from this campaign will godirectly the cause, and not be wasted in overhead costs and wagesof other charities.
They will purchase much needed equipment forchildren in need, and approach charities for wish lists. The Lions are all 100% volunteers and proud to be involved. CoueeCommunity has the same beliefs and are focused on helping whereverit"s needed in the community. Next up on the list is the Woodvale Challenge Atlantic Rowing Race2012.
Andrew is a co-founder of the successful Big W Townsville toCairns Bike Ride, a three day and 350km long event raising funds tosupport research into children"s cancer. Since its launch in1999, the event has raised more than $2.1 million for childhoodcancer. Then the big one at the end of 2013, when Andrew takes on theAtlantic in his kayak on the "Ultimate Test of Strength andEndurance", a 5000km race in open ocean, from La Gomera,Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua. In the next 18 months, Andrew Abrahams will have to master the artof dodging shipping and prepare himself for the many physical andmental challenges he will face along the way. "I am constantly reminded of the pain and suffering that thechildren and their families go through when sickness or injury hasstruck a family member, so I use that energy to help me find a wayto help.
Now when things get tough, as I prepare myself for theUltimate Test of Strength and Endurance, I say to myself with asmile on my face, I"m rowing the Atlantic," he said. On this once in a lifetime challenge, which begins December 2013,Andrew will be pushed beyond his mental and physical limits as hefaces sharks and whales, extreme temperatures, powerful storms and30ft+ waves. He will have to adjust to the stark living conditionson board: constant motion, no bathroom facilities, limited cookingability and desalinated water. Contact: Andrew Abrahams, Atlantic Rowing Race Entrant Mob: 0432661 676 More at The 24th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is proudlysponsored by Club Marine. Exhibitor details, ticket information,accommodation packages and updated news about the 2012 SanctuaryCove International Boat Show are available at .au The $A2 billion Sanctuary Cove, located on the northern Gold Coast,is Australia"s leading and most successful master-plannedcommunity.
Sanctuary Cove was acquired by current owners MulphaSanctuary Cove (Developments) Pty Limited in 2002. MSCD, an arm ofMulpha Australia Limited, which is a subsidiary of Malaysian listedMulpha International BHD, has invested significantly in SanctuaryCove over recent years, resulting in a major transformationdesigned to ensure the pre-eminent community remains at theforefront of master-planned living in Australia. Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 May 2012 ).
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