Team “On Shoulders of Giants” are 4 guys, Mark, Dan, Rauri and Justin, rowing Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December this year. They will be rowing the 3000 miles of the Atlantic ocean unsupported from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.
Why? One of Rauri’s best friends, Stef, tragically died of Motor Neuron Disease in 2014 when he was just 27. Rauri and Stef went to school and played rugby together from a young age, you can see them together in this picture with Doddie’s former team mate, Andy Nicol. Stef’s mother also suffered from motor neuron disease and died when they were teenagers.
Rauri said: "Stef was an incredibly driven person, excelling in everything he did, from rugby to studying for a PhD in cancer research, which he had to give up after his diagnosis. He showed amazing physical and mental resilience as he fought MND and so a challenge like this is a fitting way to remember him."
OSOG are also supporting Pursuing Independent Paths. A local London charity which Dan is a trustee of. They support adults with learning disabilities to achieve their potential. Through their care centre in Warwick Avenue, PiP provide a fun, sociable environment where their community of students can learn life skills like managing their money or using public transport.
The campaign has been 2 years in the making and despite the challenges brought by 2020 the crew are all set to travel at the end of November, with the race scheduled to start on December 12th and take around 40 days.
You can follow the team on instagram @onshouldersofgiants or visit their website www.onshouldersofgiants.net where you will find information about how to track their progress once they set off.
You can donate to their campaign at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/onshouldersofgiants.