13 December 2013

South Africa: A Rowers Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Mr. Mooney with Nelson Mandela in 1994 in Tuynhys, the office of the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa in Capetown.

press release

Brooklyn, New York — Victor Mooney, Executive Director and Founder of New York based South African Arts International (SAAI) has announced that "the Spirit of Malabo", a twenty-four foot custom rowboat built in Brazil will be dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela during a five-thousand mile transatlantic row.

"I just remember Mr. Mandela telling me to follow my heart", said Mr.

Mooney when he met President Mandela in 1994.

During the trek across the Atlantic Ocean, Mr. Mooney will have a little company. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is sending Mr. Mooney some official Brazuca's - 2014 World Cup Match Balls.

When Mr. Mooney arrives in New York, he'll pass the balls back to FIFA for their "Football for Hope Program".

The Spirit of Malabo will be rowed from Las Palmas, Canary Islands to New York, with a resupply in the British Virgin Islands. The goal is to encourage voluntary HIV testing. The Spirit of Malabo is scheduled to arrive on December 20 aboard Maersk Line ship Detroit.

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