Row4Autism involves coupling adventure with an awareness campaign to support recreational community initiatives to benefit individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The expedition will entail rowing solo and unsupported around Vancouver Island in its entirety, a distance of 1,100km, this June 2014.
Autism has long been a part of my family’s life as my son was diagnosed in 2007. Driven by hope and the love only a parent can understand, we have held a variety of awareness campaigns over the last 6 years to raise funds for science, research and community initiatives.
I gave long, hard thought to an idea that came through following recent human powered feats across the globe and began a project to build an expedition style rowing scull/boat. At its inception, the plan was to couple the build with an epic challenge/trip that would go towards raising autism awareness.
My desire to do this has and will be questioned, and rightfully so. If you truly know me, know my son and know my commitment level when it comes to matters close to my heart, then you’ll understand ‘why’.
This journey is not about notoriety, headlines or braving danger. It is about bringing understanding, definition and resolve to an inherent ignorance in our society and government about a disorder that many fail to comprehend or believe is truly a concern with many of our children and adults worldwide.
Stay tuned for updates, news and progress reports as I transition into the final months of preparations. I will share through pictures and stories the journey that this has been to date and will continue to be moving forward through 2014. You can track my progress live by clicking here.