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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 embarked 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 December 2020.

In a small boat.

Alone.

Well, I did it! I docked in Antigua on Saturday 6th February 2021 after spending 56days 3hours and 29minutes at sea!

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 was a proverbial uphill battle.  But through the generosity and support of family, friends and followers I am now within sight of the finish line and what will be the single biggest accomplishment 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.

While my race may be done, my journey to make an impact in the world around me is far from over. That's why I'm asking for you to please continue your support.

Your donation here on BackaBuddy will enable me to:

  • support important environmental and educational projects
  • share my story with communities and followers across the world
  • uplift charities by contributing to their cause

Please follow me on social media for updates about my race, behind-the-scenes pictures and videos and exclusive insights into this amazing experience.

Facebook: @teamblakeway

Instagram: @teamblakeway

Twitter: @teamblakeway

Thank you for your support and encouragement!

 

Kindest regards

Grant

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Donations

  • Feb 19, 2021 - USD $ 13.76
  • "Well done Grant! Incredible achievement" - Robyn Killops Southwood

  • Feb 11, 2021 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Grant you're a legend and an inspiration! He has beaten the odds!" - Danny

  • Feb 09, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Pro Aris Et Focus

    " - Toffa

  • Feb 08, 2021 - R 1 586.25
  • "Great stuff Grant. Inspiring and motivating and been an absolute treat to follow your progress and the story as it unfolded. Huge repect." - Dave & Tracey Larkan

  • Feb 08, 2021 - R 1 057.50
  • "

    Well done on such an amazing race! The Pro-Fit team are incredibly proud of what you have accomplished and overcome to complete this race.

    " - Pro-Fit Private Training

  • Feb 07, 2021 - R 1 057.50
  • "We always knew they made really tough okes out of Blakeways." - Kevin & Toni Trodd

  • Feb 06, 2021 - USD $ 33.40
  • "Grant, what a truly incredible feat and accomplishment you’ve achieved. From a fellow M. College old boy I’m very proud! " - Alan Adcock

  • Feb 06, 2021 - R 528.75
  • "Grant, you are an inspiration. You have done the #RedBlackWhite proud. " - Matthew Marwick

  • Feb 06, 2021 - USD $ 66.79
  • "Well done Grant. Red black and white." - Russell Andersson

  • Feb 06, 2021 - R 1 057.50
  • "Thank you Grant, true Maritzburg College Spirit !" - Andrew Clayton

  • Feb 06, 2021 - R 211.50
  • "It has been an amazing privilege to watch you from start through to finish. Inspiring. Congrats Grant" - Chantall vd Merwe

  • Feb 05, 2021 - USD $ 66.53
  • "Wonderful to read about your journey. Such an inspiration for us all to make a difference. You’ll be home soon. Congratulations!!" - Dee de Bruyn

  • Feb 05, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Wish it could be a thousand more. Well done bud" - Tony

  • Feb 05, 2021 - USD $ 34.09
  • "An amazing feat - well done!!" - John and Jenny Ecclestone

  • Feb 04, 2021 - R 150.00
  • "What a boykie - you are the best" - Grant Little

  • Feb 03, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Well done Grant true legend. Adri you have been behind him all the way. Melokhule" - Amazing team

  • Feb 01, 2021 - R 2 115.00
  • "You are inspirational" - A Murray

  • Jan 31, 2021 - USD $ 30.34
  • "Hallo Grant, ich konnte mit dir in La Gomera einige Worte wechseln. Ich bewundere deine Leistung für Umwelt u. Körper. Viel Glück im Kampf mit dem Ozean! Liebe Grüße aus Österreich!!!" - Erwin

  • Jan 28, 2021 - USD $ 24.23
  • "Grant has been a total inspiration all the way . Such an outstanding journey to watch and a great cause. Siobhan Aherne" - Siobhan Aherne

  • Jan 23, 2021 - USD $ 34.13
  • "Adri I have been reading your facebook posts from my settee in Newcastle upon Tyne and if anyone deserves a donation its Grant - now the bottom of the boat is clean expect to see him fly" - Phil Kite

  • 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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Fundraising target

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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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