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Melokuhle | "Stand for Good"

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Hi everyone. Grant Blakeway here!

You may already know me as the 58year old South African who will soon embark on a solo row of 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. From La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua.

In a small boat.

Alone.

My inspiration to enter the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge was born out of my love for the ocean and my growing concern over the alarming state of our marine ecosystems.

We’re all responsible, in one way or another, for the pollution that threatens our oceans today. I believe we can change the status quo. I believe we can make a difference. We can. And we must.

Through this extreme endeavour I hope to have an international platform to raise awareness about ocean pollution. This unique rowing event is supported by millions of people around the globe. People like you. People like me. People who can speak up, and step up, to help save our seas. It doesn’t matter which part of the world we call home: we’re all connected by the Big Blue.

My journey to the starting line has been a proverbial uphill battle.  But through the generosity and support of family, friends and followers I am now within sight of starting what will be the single biggest challenge of my life.

My team name, Melokuhle (and also the name of my boat!), means “stand for good” in isiZulu. It’s what I strive to do every day. And I hope I can inspire others to do the same, in pursuit of healthier, more resilient oceans.

On December 12th my voyage begins and I would like to ask for your support via an online donation.

Your donation here on BackaBuddy will enable me to:

  • cover my race costs (including supplies)
  • cover my travel expenses (including ferries)
  • support environmental and educational projects

Please follow me on social media for updates about my race preparation, behind-the-scenes pictures and videos, and all the latest race news.

Facebook: @teamblakeway

Instagram: @teamblakeway

Twitter: @teamblakeway

Thank you for your support and encouragement!

 

Kindest regards

Grant

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Donations

  • Jan 11, 2021 - USD $ 5.89
  • "Inspirational. Keep on rowing. " - Ally Barr

  • Jan 10, 2021 - R 528.75
  • "Enjoy the experience and thanks for keeping the South African flag flying high" - Leanne

  • Dec 23, 2020 - USD $ 121.95
  • "Best of luck!!" - Emma Gilmartin

  • Dec 19, 2020 - R 105.75
  • "Thank you Grant for standing up and make a noisy about the pollution you are truly a person we can look up to. " - Mckayla

  • Dec 14, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "Grant. Enjoy Blue Planet binge watch for nextt 40 days" - Boyntons

  • Dec 09, 2020 - USD $ 66.50
  • "A grand challenge Grant. Good luck and we will be following you all the way." - Mark Turner and family

  • Dec 08, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "30 years wow great support from Adri. Well done guys watching the race" - John

  • Dec 08, 2020 - R 30.00
  • "30 years well done guys" - Caroline

  • Dec 08, 2020 - R 30.00
  • "30 years wow true love" - Shirley

  • Dec 08, 2020 - R 30.00
  • "30 years congratulations Adri Grant" - Alida

  • Dec 08, 2020 - R 30.00
  • "Congratulations 30 years" - Carla

  • Dec 04, 2020 - R 317.25
  • "Grant - your name means "GREAT"...go for it!" - Grant Bhekumuzi Edkins

  • Dec 02, 2020 - R 59.00
  • "Happy Birthday Grant! " - Sikhona.org

  • Dec 02, 2020 - R 59.00
  • "Many happy returns on your 59th birthday, Grant! Row safely!" - Isabelle

  • Dec 02, 2020 - R 59.00
  • "Happy birthday, Grant! Wishing you a safe Atlantic crossing." - Lou and Wesley

  • Dec 01, 2020 - USD $ 32.51
  • "I am in awe - will look out for you on La Gomeras" - Zelda

  • Nov 25, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Good luck Grant

    " - Sven

  • Nov 24, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "All the best mate." - Lampies

  • Nov 24, 2020 - USD $ 26.78
  • "a noble cause!" - Anonymous

  • Nov 19, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck Grant" - Mike Weston

  • Nov 08, 2020 - USD $ 63.50
  • "A great cause Grant - that's your way bud!" - Jock

  • Nov 06, 2020 - R 52.88
  • "Wishing you the best of luck, Grant!" - Jason and Sarah

  • Nov 05, 2020 - USD $ 12.46
  • "Good luck Grant. " - Barbara

  • Nov 01, 2020 - R 105.75
  • "Keep it going! Love Annie and schalk " - Annie and schalk

  • Oct 30, 2020 - R 105.75
  • "Sending you good luck vibes!" - Nicola G

  • Oct 29, 2020 - USD $ 70.63
  • "Very inspiring!! Keep up the incredible work. Such an awesome effort!! " - Stace & Zen

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Another 100 bucks for the 100km run" - Gareth

  • Jul 15, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "You will make Durban proud, Grant!" - Sally

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 610.00
  • "Thanks for recycle bins. All the best! " - Sheppie High

  • Mar 19, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "This takes guts, Grant! All the best." - Colin

  • Mar 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "I'll be following your progress at the end of the year. Just keep rowing!" - JP

  • Mar 18, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "I've been following you on Facebook! Such a lot of hard work is going into this campaign. I hope your message inspires people to change the way they think about plastic. Best of luck for December!" - Barbara

  • Mar 18, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You're a brave man, Grant! Good luck with your preparation!" - Pam

  • Mar 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Here is something small to help start your campaign as i feel its for a great cause and we all need to do our share to keep our oceans clean." - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 14 684.08

Fundraising target

R 1 000 000.00
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Grant Blakeway Melokuhle Cause

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The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world's toughest row - a 3000-mile ocean crossing from the Canary Islands to the West Indies.

In December 2020, Grant Blakeway will step aboard a small boat to face Mother Nature's best and worst for up to 60 days.

Plastic pollution is devastating marine ecosystems all over the world.

Melokuhle | “Stand for Good” is a campaign to raise public awareness and inspire social action.

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