‘Here’s to Mad...agasgar’ chirped the email from Gulf 4 Good’s challenge leader. It was this gung ho approach that made me fear The Great Madagascar Kayak (all 100kms of it) and wonder if it was just a little bit too far out of my comfort zone – both personally and physically.
But paddle in hand and bunch of strangers in tow, I set off to raise money – and awareness – for the uneducated masses on this African island.
The aptly named challenge (it was a fair slog around the coast) saw its fair share of blisters, sea sickness and (most importantly) a Dhs120,000 wad of cash go towards a new school.
Despite initial concerns, it was just a regular group of people joining hands in the name of good.
If you want to get involved in a Gulf 4 Good challenge, go to www.gulf4good.org for more information. The Cycling Challenge 2009, which starts in Vietnam and ends in Cambodia, is from March 26 to April 4 and the fundraising mark is Dhs17,000. Call 04 368 0222 to book your place.