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Team Ubunye seek to break Atlantic Rowing Record

PUBLISHED: 18:10 04 May 2012 | UPDATED: 22:03 21 February 2013

Team Ubunye seek to break Atlantic Rowing Record

Team Ubunye seek to break Atlantic Rowing Record

1,407km cycle, 35km swim and a 4727km row; an epic Challenge to raise money for Children in Africa...

Team Ubunye seek to break Atlantic Rowing Record

1,407km cycle, 35km swim and a 4727km row; an epic Challenge to raise money for Children in Africa

On the 29th April 2012 Cameron Bellamy (Founder of the Ubunye Challenge) and his cycling team kick off the first of a series of three events that form the Ubunye Challenge.

Twenty nine year old Cameron Bellamy is the catalyst to this incredible event and will be completing all three endurance events this year.

Cameron is of South African-Australian origin with a long and successful sporting background which includes representing South Africa in rowing as well as personal challenges such as cycling across China, Central Asia and India (7000km) and numerous other long distance cycling trips. Cameron will be accompanied by a team of individuals for each event.

The Ubunye Challenge will be undertaken by a trained and dedicated team. The challenge will involve a Cycle, a Swim and a Row. The cycle will be from Land's End to John o' Groats, followed by a swim across the English Channel and finally an Atlantic crossing, one of the worlds toughest rowing challenges with a crew of six. Not only will the team row the Atlantic, but they have set their sights on breaking the current record for the fastest crossing, which stands at 32 days.

The team, upon completion of the Atlantic Row, will have achieved a number of milestones. The South Africans/Zimbabweans in the crew will become the first from their country to independently row an ocean. The women in the crew will become the first South African/Zimbabwean women to ever row an ocean. Finally, Thato Mabelane will become the first person of African descent, man or woman, to ever row an ocean.

The Ubunye Challenge has partnered with the Africa Foundation in the UK and The Angus Gillis Foundation in South Africa to raise money to support and enable communities in some of the poorest and most underdeveloped rural areas of South Africa. The foundations are affiliated and both fund and facilitate projects in consultation with specific African communities; empowering individuals and helping them to improve their lives and the lives of their families. The foundations both recognize that truly sustainable development takes place only when communities invest in themselves. This philosophy embodies the spirit and beliefs of the Ubunye Challenge.


About the Ubunye ChallengeThe Ubunye Challenge combines three endurance events to be completed in 2012, namely a long distance cycle from Lands End to John oGroats (UK South to North); an open water swim across the English Channel and a Trans Atlantic Ocean Row. The aim is for each event to raise money through donations which will go towards sustainable development in some of the poorest regions in South Africa, most notably Early Childhood Development in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The goal is to raise a minimum of 250,000.

About the Africa FoundationThe Africa Foundation fund and facilitate projects focusing on the socio-economic development of rural populations living in, or close to the conservation areas. Together with eco-tourism operators, and in consultation with the communities themselves, Africa Foundation has supported many successful community empowerment projects and is currently helping to fund six major programs in addition to over forty smaller projects in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

About the Angus Gillis FoundationThe Angus Gillis Foundation is a rural development trust, established in 2002 in response to the chronic underdevelopment in the rural areas of South Africas poorest province, the Eastern Cape. The organization focuses on socio-economic development through an asset-based community driven approach, empowering individuals, groups and communities and teaching self-reliance. The organisation takes a holistic approach to development, recognizing the multiple physical, economic, social and spiritual dimensions of human wellbeing.

For more information:
Bhavna Sadarangani Mirka FortunovaUbunye Challenge Ubunye Challenge07950674874/ 075845748748
bhavna@ubunyechallenge.com
mirka@ubunyechallenge.com
www.ubunyechallenge.com
www.ubunyechallenge.com


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