ROGER DAVIES' CROSS CHANNEL KAYAKING CHARITY FUNDRAISER
73-YEAR-OLD CANCER SURVIVOR, HMBYC MEMBER ROGER DAVIES, TO KAYAK THE CHANNEL AND BACK AGAIN FOR VELINDRE CANCER CENTRE IN CARDIFF
On July 12th, after recovering from cancer treatment, 73-year-old club member Roger Davies, is attempting to kayak from England to France, and back again.
Whilst Roger is no stranger to tough challenges, having previously attempted a world record row across the violent, uncompromising North Atlantic in the “world's toughest rowing race”, pulling a sled 650Km over some of the most desolate terrain on the planet from Resolute Bay in Canada to the North Pole, tackling the World’s Highest Trek in the Himalayas and the fearsome heat of the Sahara, this next challenge may be his toughest yet. Accompanied by three friends, Roger will kayak 18.5 nautical miles from Dungeness to Boulogne on 12th July, and back again on 30th August.
Roger says: “Every story has a beginning: mine started at the age of 10, when a surgeon told me I would never enjoy physical activities again. Over time there have been many challenges and demons to fight in my interesting roller-coaster ride of a life, but cancer was the biggest challenge I’ve faced."
Roger was originally intending to attempt this challenge on 24th May 2021, but at 9.30am on 29th October 2020, he was given the news he had cancer, and so the challenge was put on hold.
Now his Chemotherapy is complete, he’s back on the water, training from out of HMBYC and ready for the challenge.
He added “I’m just an ordinary guy who went out and did extraordinary things”.
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