A rowing feat by two elderly men has resulted in their challenge yielding more than €20,000 euro in donations for Fondazzjoni Inspire.
Dorian Vassallo (aged 60) and Albert Gambina (aged 63) defied the weather elements and the sea by rowing to and around Sicily in a kayak despite the blazing sun. However, their attempt to row back to Malta was foiled by rough sea.
Over and above the weather conditions there were other perils such as that of other boats because August is a period when boat owners take to the sea. The weather was a challenge and suffering the heat was the greatest problem because of having to row for lengthy periods, particularly in the afternoon heat.
The summer challenges are not easy to control because of high temperatures but the two rowers faced up to the voluntary challenge for charitable purposes. However, their intensive sun tan conveys their having rowed distances over a lengthy period of time. They faced a challenge similar to rowing around Gozo and a little further on a daily basis.
The physical fatigue also involved having to land the kayak because this weighed between 80 and 90 kilos because of the provisions they had on board.
Their feat was inspired by Fondazzjoni Inspire, and both admitted they had faced a physical and psychological challenge that left them exhausted, but they are highly satisfied on having completed such a feat.