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South African Kayaker in Gibraltar on epic 16,000 km trip for African HIV/Aids prevention

South African Kayaker in Gibraltar on epic 16,000 km trip for African HIV/Aids prevention

Werner Stoltz - Kayaking 16000 kms to prevent Aids in AfricaWerner Stoltz is a remarkable young man who has taken the pledge to do something about HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Werner is attempting one of the most adventurous and dangerous expeditions, to raise awareness and money for HIV/AIDS. He is making a solo kayak trip from London to Durban - a total of 16 000km!

Not only is he the first person to attempt such a daring feat, but this will also be the longest kayak journey in history.

Werner successfully circumnavigated the Irish coastline in 55 days with a sea kayak. He completed the 1,740km circumnavigation completely solo, raising money for children infected with HIV.

Werner Stoltz is a 24 year old South African with a passion for helping those less fortunate than himself. After circumnavigating Ireland, he began his next most epic journey at 12:00 on Thursday 8 June 2006.

Werner Stoltz navigates the Thames as he leaves London at the start of his epic 16,000 km kayak journey

He is kayaking from London to Durban, a journey of almost 17,000 km which will take him more than a year and a half to complete, to raise funds and awareness for the Aids pandemic sweeping through Africa. Werner’s trip has so far taken him from the Thames River in London through the English Channel to France.

Werner arrived in Gibraltar earlier this month. He is hoping to depart Gibraltar, once his visa is cleared, on the 22 October 2006 when he will be crossing the Straits to Morocco to start the African leg of his journey.

Whilst in Gibraltar, Werner posted this updated via email:

“Just a short email to update all the folk out there about what I have been up to, where I am and what lies ahead for the next few months.

Well, I have finished Europe and I am now in Gibraltar where I am waiting for my Moroccan visa to open.

On the 22nd of October I will be making the 30 km crossing from Gibraltar to Ceuta, providing the wind plays along.

The next 12,000 kms will not be easy as I am sure you are all well aware, so please remember me in your prayers.

We are still trying to sort out a Satellite phone for Africa ,but until then communication will be limited and I am not sure how often the website will be updated, but please keep logging on as I will try my best to keep everyone updated.”
From Morocco he will continue along the coast of North Africa to Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, then head South along the East African coastline, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and finally to Durban where he hopes to arrive in January 2008.

This extraordinary expedition aims to raise money for Werner’s dream, to open an Aids shelter called the “Ninevah Project” in South Africa on his return.

To help him achieve his goal, the trip has been sponsored by various parties, including Garmin, Men’s Health, Clover Cargo International, Spar, Adidas, USN and many others.

For more information on how to assist in this worthy cause, visit


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