1 Man 1 Kilt 1 Boat – Rowing the Atlantic for MND

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Cheeky Panda is sponsoring The Mad Giraffe, John Davidson, 57 an ex SAS Jungle expert who knows all about Bamboo wanted to take biodegradable wipes with him on his perilous journey. Wearing a kilt bamboo wipes are going to be an important part of the journey for their multi purpose use and biodegradability.  

The former SAS soldier and “proud Fintry boy” said although there have been deaths during the challenge in the past, he is not worried and is ready to face the sea despite never having rowed before.

John, who now lives in Worcestershire, was inspired to sign up for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, beginning on December 12, after meeting with rugby legend Doddie Weir. All money raised would be donated to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which funds research into MND.

John said “Doddie is a friend and Hamish my son and I met him at a Scotland-England game.  “Hamish had been told by his school that he was too small to play rugby and Doddie took great offence to that. “He took him under his arm and gave a truly inspirational speech about how we shouldn’t let anything hold us back. Hamish is now 13 and he is playing rugby.

“Doddie was such a great inspiration and it was devastating to hear that he had been diagnosed with MND.

“I decided that I wanted to raise awareness and money for this cause and with my background, I wanted to do something that would really push the limits.

“I have never rowed before but I’m confident that I will be able to prepare for this challenge.”

John will be rowing from the Canary Islands to Antigua in a small boat called the Mad Giraffe.

There has only ever been about 85 people who completed the challenge as a solo, called ‘the toughest endurance race on the planet’, which should take an average of 60 days at sea – rowing 18 hours a day and consuming 8,000 calories.

John added: “I expect to lose around 15 to 20kg in body weight. More people have climbed Everest this year than have rowed the Atlantic Ocean.


“If something goes wrong, it would be three to four days before help would come, so I’d be on my own out there.

“I want to show people that you can still achieve great things when you’re over 50 and I want to inspire people. Chris Forbes co-founder of The Cheeky Panda said “We are proud to be a sponsor and supporter with both cash and biodegradable wipes that won’t pollute the ocean. Most wipes contain plastic do this is an ideal situation for 60 days on a boat, he has to keep the packaging though!  Like John we think the people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.”

To sponsor John, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/madgiraffeatlanticrow

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