CAPE TOWN, June 30 (ANA) - A South African man will attempt a world record 11 000km solo jet ski trip from Norway to Greece to raise funds for people with disabilities to commemorate Mandela Day.
"Commemorating 100 years of greatness has to be matched by an event that celebrates that greatness through intense sacrifice, social awareness, risk, and commitment," Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman said.
Marinus du Plessis, 55, was set to jet ski his way into the Guiness Book of Records with a solo 11,000km Artic-to-Athens venture in honour of former president Nelson Mandela and Mandela Day to raise both awareness about the immense problems faced by persons with disabilities and vital funds for their care, Sooliman said.
Du Plessis, of Gauteng, intended undertaking the epic 40-day jet ski journey to encourage the public to donate funds to the Gift of the Givers, while breaking a world record. This would enhance the organisation's support for projects dealing with the physically and mentally challenged, including autism.
The Pretoria-based export company owner would begin his record-breaking attempt on July 7 from Rognan in Norway. He would jet ski through the rough North Sea, traverse the English Channel, the world's busiest waterway, before skimming across the Mediterranean to Athens in Greece, Sooliman said.