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Rowing against cancer. Two men are going to spend 70 hours in an inflatable boat at sea between Denmark and Norway to help collect money in the fight on cancer. Erik Andreas Larsen and Ron Solberg, two of the thirteen organisers of the Rubber Boat Festival, will spend three days in the vessel rowing the 130-kilometre stretch from Denmark’s Hirtshals to southern Norway’s Kristiansand. Whilst the stunt is to raise awareness about the festival (external link, in Norwegian) this time, they also want to highlight cancer, donating to organization (Kreftforening), dedicated to eradicating the disease.

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Rowing against cancer

Published on Monday, 11th March, 2013 at 16:14 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.

Two men are going to spend 70 hours in an inflatable boat at sea between Denmark and Norway to help collect money in the fight on cancer.

Sea between Denmark and Norway
Sea between Denmark and Norway
Photo: Idarvol/Wikimedia Commons


Erik Andreas Larsen and Ron Solberg, two of the thirteen organisers of the Rubber Boat Festival, will spend three days in the vessel rowing the 130-kilometre stretch from Denmark’s Hirtshals to southern Norway’s Kristiansand.

Whilst the stunt is to raise awareness about the festival (external link, in Norwegian) this time, they also want to highlight cancer, donating to organization (Kreftforening), dedicated to eradicating the disease.

“It was decided when our friend and one of the brains behind this event, Erik, was diagnosed with cancer last year,” Per Arne Botn, one of the organisers, says to The Foreigner.

This now four-day festival goes back to the summer of 2007, when a group of friends were enjoying a good day and chilled beers on the river in a rubber boat.

Little did they know that this fun outing would be converted into a four-day rubber boat festival two years later.

Running the show for several successful years now, the organisers have decided to row for a cause this time around.

“The funds gathered from their three-day journey in the rubber boat will be divided between the festival and Kreftforeningen. We even want to donate 10% of the proceeds from the festival this year towards this cancer organisation,” confirms Mr Botn.

Meanwhile, it was only in 2011 that the organisers decided to put money into the event and make it more commercial. There will be bands playing from the starting point and along five kilometres of the journey.

“Earlier it was just a few friends playing music and rowing together but we’ve started employing bands who play at the festival since 2011. This year we have already booked 12 of them, playing all genres from trance to country,” Mr Botn says.

The festival has been working its way up the popularity charts too.

“We saw 350 participants in 2011, and it rose to 600 last year. The weather is the deciding factor this year. We’ll have to see how many turn up, though we want to restrict the numbers to a manageable limit,” concludes Mr Botn.



Published on Monday, 11th March, 2013 at 16:14 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.

This post has the following tags: norwaycancer, denmarkcancer, charityrowskagerrak.





  
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