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
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
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
Canoeing - Dusi Canoe
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.