GAC Pindar waves off solo charity sailor Ruben Donné

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    3 October 2016



Nieuwpoort-based seaman sails 8,000 NM in a 6.5m yacht in aid of Multiple Sclerosis research

Nieuwpoort, Belgium – GAC Pindar sponsored Ruben Donné has set off from Yacht Club VVW Nieuwpoort for Cape Town, via Brazil, to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for the progressive disease Multiple Sclerosis.

GAC Group Vice President, Europe and fellow countryman Ivo Verheyen, as well as GAC Pindar’s Team Principal, Andrew Pindar OBE DL, were there to wave him off.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a cause close to 28-year-old Ruben’s heart; his father has the condition. Since he launched his campaign at the Belgian Boat Show in February, Ruben has raised a staggering €31,000. GAC companies in Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and South Africa are supporting the amazing feat and covering the logistical expenses.

Ruben says: “Although the voyage is of course a solo attempt, it’s the teamwork and communication behind it that’s made it possible. Both Ivo and Andrew have been with me all the way.”

Ivo Verheyen added: “It is a pleasure to be supporting such an incredible initiative for a worthy cause. It’s GAC’s job to be there for Ruben and #SailingChallenge4ms in every port he stops at, every step of the way. We’ll be liaising with port authorities, organizing fuel, supplies and any spare parts required and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to Cape Town around his ETA of December 15.”

If you’d like to add your support, go to sailingchallenge4MS.com. You can also follow Ruben’s progress on facebook.com/sailingchallenge4ms