Des Kiely and Glen Lindsay are planning to compete in the 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest trans-Atlantic rowing race. The pair will have to navigate more than 5,000 km across the second largest ocean, starting from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands and ending in Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua.

All of the proceeds raised from participating in this race will be donated to LIFE. The non-profit organisation, which first launched in 1999, currently serves more than 4000 young people (0-18) each week at its community centres. These centres are strategically located at the heart of the neediest communities; providing educational, spiritual and sustainable development programmes.

Maryna De Vries, CEO of LIFE Community Services, said: “We are so grateful for Des and Glen choosing LIFE as the beneficiary of this challenge. They will be pushing their bodies to the limit to support our work in the George area, and the proceeds raised will make a huge difference in the lives of the young people that we work with every day.”

With the fundraising target currently standing in excess of R1,260,000, this will be used to cover the educational costs for hundreds of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Speaking about the cause, Des said: “The challenge in itself will give LIFE, its people and the mission huge exposure on a global scale. They are a Christian NPO with such a wonderful and worthwhile message. Most importantly, they deliver on their promises and have an incredible impact.”

Glen added: “I'm honored to be involved with Life Community Services as they are doing amazing work for children in serious need. They are inspiring people who love and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.”

After meeting in the early 1980’s at Simonstown’s Naval Diving Base, Des and Glen lost contact for a number of years, until they were reunited at the start of the millennium. Working together as business partners in George for a short period, they have remained firm friends. Father-of-two, Des, is now a Real Estate Agent for Chas Everitt International. Glen, who lives in Wilderness with his wife, is an agent for Ecolab across the Garden Route.

Recalling a memorable moment from their time in the navy, Des explained: “One day, we took what was then referred to as a navy attack canoe from the Diving Base in Simonstown. I remember that we paddling directly out into False Bay as far as we could go. Land was barely visible and at this point the canoe started to sink.

“The only way we could get back to shore was to take turns paddling whilst one of us lay across the front stem of the canoe. This was to keep the back section, where the leak started, elevated out of the water. What should have been a simple two-hour paddle back, turned into many hours. We only reached the safety of the shoreline again after dark.”

To make a donation to their fundraising drive, please use the banking details below:


Account Number: 1142825434

Branch Code: 109114

If you own a business and want to find out more about the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Des on 060 459 2718.