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Fundraising for London Taxi Drivers to Row the Atlantic

ByElla E. Kidwell

Mar 19, 2022

A fundraising group of four London taxi drivers plan to row 3,200 miles across the Atlantic to raise £12,000 for charity.

In 2023, four London taxi drivers will attempt to drive 3,200 miles from Lanzarote to Antigua to raise funds for The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, The Stroke Association and a Tanzanian orphanage.

Cabbies, Daren Parr, 55, John Dillane, 57, Bob Barber, 56 and Stuart Lockhart, 49 have already raised over £25,000 for good causes, but this challenge is in another league and will push the team to its limits.

London taxi driver Daren Parr said: “The ‘Cabbies Do Kilimanjaro’ team started fundraising in 2019 and after doing two climbs in Tanzania we wanted a much bigger test this time.

“So our next challenge is a bit wacky, to say the least. Rowing the Atlantic will definitely be an adventure, a gigantic challenge and an experience of a lifetime.#

“The team will henceforth be known as ‘Cabbies do Atlantic Row’ and our first job is quite a big one, learning to row.”

London taxi driver John Dillane said: “We will not be picked up at sea and ‘unpicked’ means exactly that. We will row for about 60 days, two hours on, two hours off, 24 hours a day.

“Although we will have access to 24-hour medical assistance via a satellite phone. There is no A&E call if we have an emergency. It could take up to five days for urgent help to arrive if we need it.

“We will need to consume 5000 calories a day and will lose about a stone during the challenge. Our food will come in dehydrated bags and will need to be rehydrated as we need it. Everything we need will be at board, including a sophisticated desalination unit. Removing salt from seawater will be very important to us and will be our only source of water.”

Daren Parr added: ‘Our friend and fellow taxi driver Rosh Varma who originally had this crazy idea had a stroke last year his recovery was slow so in addition to fundraising for charity we are doing this row for our fellow Rosh, to raise the profile of strokes and persuade other taxi drivers to consider leading healthier lives.

Dick Goodwin, vice-chairman of The Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said: ‘In 2019 these taxi drivers raised £18,000 for us when they climbed Kilimanjaro, in early 2022 they climbed Kilimanjaro and the Meru and raised £7,000 for the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children.

“This challenge is amazing, and I have to admit I thought they were joking when they first told us their plans. However, London taxi drivers are made of tough stuff, and I’m confident they will achieve Antigua.”

To contact the Cabbies do Atlantic Row for more information, to donate or to sponsor the challenge, email [email protected]

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