Who has a brilliant idea for Sailing4cancer?

2019 January 28th | Golden Globe Race

In April 2018 I was asked to support Mark with social media. We never met before. I had followed him during the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 4 months before the start of the Golden Globe Race. For me Mark Slats was a Dutch Viking who was both mentally and physically extremely strong and someone who was not prevented from achieving his goals. He smashed the world record ocean rowing first. Now he’s sailing around the world in the Golden Globe Race 2018. Solo, non-stop around the world without outside assistance and use of modern communication and navigation tools.

By being an entrant in de GGR 2018, Mark showed me that, despite the fact that someone you love is sick, you can continue to ‘live’ your own life. In fact despite his mother is fighting cancer, he started his next adventure on July 1st. His mother encouraged his participation and is a huge source of inspiration for Mark. 'Giving up is not an option'. Respect for both of them!

It’s cool to see how many people follow Mark’s performance in the race on social media. We also received encouragements via his website www.markslats.nl. Not only from people in the Netherlands but we also received encouragements out of England, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Asia. We receive e-mails and private messages from all over the world! People are inspired by Mark's ‘giving up is not an option’ mentality and his never ending enthusiasm and optimism during the satphonecalls and in his updates he sent by hamradio that I transcribed. We also receive questions from abroad; ‘What to do best in preparation for the TWAC 2021?', 'I am a 17 year old sailor and I would like to participate in the Volvo Ocean Race or Vendee Globe later in life. I wonder if I can talk to Mark about what he has learned and what he advises me to continue in offshore sailing ' and so much more. Great to experience what a source of inspiration Mark is for so many people.

Just before the start of the GGR, Mark decided to link his race to a charity. He wanted to raise money with Sailing4cancer for the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Foundation in Amsterdam The Netherlands. Cheaper cancer medicines are very much needed. During the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge he raised over € 44.000 for the same purpose with Row4cancer. That race lasted a month, the Golden Globe Race would last more than 200 days. Therefore Mark set the goal to raise € 50.000 in the GGR.

In his satphonecall with GGR Headquarters last week, Mark once again thanked all the people who had already donated and asked to continue to donate. Messages I post about sailing4cancer are often shared and 359 donations have been received till now, many thanks for that. Now that the finish is in sight, after 210 days, Sailing4cancer collected € 19.146, -. This week Mark will face huge storms in the Gulf of Biskay and hopefully will finish safe in Les Sables d'Olonne France.

WHO CAN/WANTS TO HELP? WHO KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR SAILING4CANCER? Who knows how to make Mark happy with an amount of € 50,000 for Sailing4cancer at the finish? Medications for cancer should be cheaper and giving up is not an option. Are you one of Mark's 5881 followers and do you have a brilliant idea that can help us to achieve Mark's goal? Pls share your idea!

Karen Hogenbirk


People who wants to donate from outside the Netherlands can use the address of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital or send a direct message to me so i can help :
Straat= Street : Plesmanlaan 121
Postcode = Postal Code : 1066 CX 
Plaats = City : Amsterdam