Last year, Richard Kohler, attempted to paddle the coastline of South Africa to raise money for the ‘miles for smiles’ charity. I was keeping up to date with the trip and everything that could’ve gone wrong seemed to go wrong.
First he hit a shark while surfing down a wave and completely wrecked his rudder and then in another incident his ski got smashed into 2 pieces while navigating through massive surf and then finally he was robbed of all the equipment needed for the trip. Unfortunately the equipment was vital and he couldn’t continue the journey without it.
The latest update:
On 14th October 2012 (yes, that’s in 9 days time) Richard will launch from Alexander Bay, paddle up to the Orange River mouth which marks the border of South Africa and Namibia, he will do a ceremonious U-turn and begin his epic journey all over again.
“I have no intention of giving up!” said Kohler in his quiet, resolute way, “With the support I have received from family, friends and people I have never met, I am more determined than ever to paddle the entire 3600km South African coast line. Together, where each of us do what we can to make this expedition work, we will give the gift of a smile to 200 children.”
All the donations will be going to the Miles for Smiles foundation which was created to assist Operation Smile in creating awareness for the plight of children born with cleft lips and palates and raise funds to perform corrective surgery on them. The charity believes that all children deserve the right to a smile and I agree whole heartedly. Get behind Richard and Paddling for Smiles, a small donation can make all the difference in the world!
You can sponsor a kilometre for $15 by clicking over here or go directly to his website (click here) and click the ‘donate’ button at the top. The goal is to raise R1.1million to “give a smile back” to 200 children.
You can join the facebook page below to keep up to date with the trip or check out the write-up from the previous trip on surfski.info Good luck for the trip and I’m sure it’s going to be a success.