Danny Sunkel
Why am I doing this?
Why am I doing this?
8:02AM 31st Oct 11

I was asked again in the weekend why am I doing this? Well there is two reasons: 

  1. I have always been interested in adventures, in particular relating to the sea. Some of the first books I remember reading at School are Ernest Hemingway "Old man and the sea" and Thor Heyedahl about his Kon-Tiki Adventure. I first because interested in the journeys of Ocean Rowers reading Rob Hamils book "The naked Rower" and have followed it off and on ever since. I have always wanted to partake in some sort of Oceanic adventure and it was a matter of finding the right one.

  2. My family has been hugely affected with Cancer and I always felt that one day I would like to do something to help. Cancer is a disease that effects almost everyone. There are very few people who can say that their friends and/or family has escaped its touch.

To put it bluntly I Hate Cancer. But I also view it as a part of life. For those that have wondered how I feel so strongly here's a brief role call about my history with Cancer:

  • My Father Alan died of Adrenal Cancer
  • My surrogate Mother Gill (who has supported me since loosing mum and dad) is well on the way to beating cancer
  • My Grandmother and all four (boys) of her kids (including my dad) had or died from Cancer.
  • My best friend growing up Father died of cancer

I could go on but I won't Cancer is a shit of a disease and those who have dedicated their life to trying to solve this disease deserve both a medal and all the support they can get.

So that's why I have always been interested in the sea and adventures and this combined for my search to somehow do something in the fight against cancer is where this journey was born.

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ok, I confess I only lasted about 10 days. I must of been asked about it 200 times so resulted in great awareness. A few comments about how it showed the difference between before and after a cancer p
You are building an amazing family of sponsors!
So are you still walking around like that?? I'm not sure how long I could cope with it.
Hey Alana - it's at $850 now. Come on all, give a little. . . if we sacrifice a bottle of wine each week (AFD anyone?)and put the proceeds to the cause, we'll make Alana's goal in no time!
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Let me introduce you all to my ex wife Leisa Sunkel/Weir. Good to see your still alive and kicking Leisa and keeping us honest :)
Sounds like its time for a cup of tea. Keep up the charge Dan, stay vulnerable. An awesome and improbable journey/project with so many powerful positives. I'm proud to be involved in a small way a
I am proud say I was one of those who encouraged the postponement, blame me if you want! When I saw Danny’s post on Facebook late last year about the weather window opening in 11 weeks I felt we weren
So Danny just wondering when you are now scheduled to row the Tasman and is it still the Tasman or another ocean??? You started this dream back in 2009 with the Atlantic and then you decided upon the
Can put your pic on my web site with a hyperlink to your sight using the boat builders pis side on view with rower. Communicate by e-mail. Would have preferred to communicated via e-mail . Web site

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