Rowing 3,000 miles because every child deserves to smile

Rowing 3,000 miles because every child deserves to smile

Johannesburg, South Africa

Port Elizabeth’s Stuart Connacher is a man with a mission. In December 2015 he will row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in the formidable Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. It’s a journey of over 3,000 miles that starts from San Sebastian, Spain and ends in Nelson’s Harbour, Antigua and can take anywhere from 50 to 75 days.

It will be an incredible personal achievement for Stuart however; he also wants to use this quest to raise awareness of the plight of disadvantaged South African children suffering from treatable facial deformities. He has set a target of raising R3, 000, 000.00 for South Africa’s Smile Foundation.

The Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was established in 2000. The Smile Foundation have facilitated over 1,500 corrective surgeries, are actively involved in surgical skills transfer, as well as contributed substantial investments into South Africa’s hospital infrastructure.

Says Hedley Lewis, Smile Foundation’s Finance & Fundraising Executive Director – “The Smile Foundation is privileged to have Stuart Connacher representing Smile Foundation in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. This mindboggling event is one which takes a huge amount of stamina and tenacity both of which Stuart has an abundance of. His challenging journey is also coupled with his passion to help disadvantaged children in need of reconstructive surgery. When Stuart docks, the children he will be supporting will be smiling with him from across the Atlantic.”

So, with every mile he rows Stuart will smile, because his passion for the sea and his commitment to this quest will be aiding needy South African children smile.

As a South African corporate citizen, Waco International has taken up the challenge and donated R 850,000.00 to the Smile Foundation. “We welcomed the opportunity to play a part in this incredible endeavor and help the Foundation continue its outstanding work,” says Waco International Group CEO, Stephen Goodburn.

You can help Stuart achieve his goal by making a donation to the Smile Foundation. SMS “rowAsmile” to 38413 and you will have generously donated R10.00 to this cause.

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