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17-Hour-Long Kayak For Charity Challenge Around Malta Successfully Completed

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The Kayak for Charity challenge came to an end last night following an unassisted 17-hour-long paddle around the island of Malta for the Inspire Foundation Malta.

Whilst Albert Gambina completed the route, Dorian Vassallo was forced to cut the challenge short by a few hours due to severe back pain that unfortunately stopped him from kayaking any further.

The pair, who are behind Kayak for Charity, paddled an OC1 canoe around Malta and were the first to ever attempt such a challenge. The distance of this paddle journey was around 42 nautical miles or approximately 75km.

They have so far raised €3,865 and are continuing to urge the public to continue to donate until midnight on 15th September.

Donations can be placed online through this link. 

Antonello Gauci, CEO of Inspire, thanked both kayakers for their outstanding commitment, coming up with yet another extraordinary challenge in support of the Inspire Foundation.

“The sheer energy and altruism of these two great kayakers are truly commendable. Their actions will help Inspire to continue with its mission to support persons with physical or developmental disabilities, as well as those with behaviours of concern to achieve their potential and ultimately improve their quality of life and full participation in society,” Gauci said.

“We are extremely grateful for special people like Albert and Dorian for their incredible generosity and support,” Gauci expressed.

Last year, Dorian and Albert took on an outstanding paddling journey of more than 1,000 kilometres starting from Malta to Sicily and then journeying all around the island of Sicily – a journey that took them almost a month to complete.

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