Paddling for Smiles (Operation Smile)

As I count down the weeks left until I set off for my Ocean X adventure to Brazil, I have chosen to support and raise funds for Operation Smile South Africa, a charity that advocates for children born with cleft lift and cleft palates in South Africa.

It takes a 45 minute life-changing surgery to provide a beautiful new smile to a waiting child. Each surgery costs just R5500 to change a child’s life forever. Please help me raise money for a cause that’s very close to my heart through my GivenGain fundraiser. To donate click here:

Lauren Bright Operation Smile’s Country Manager said “it is an honour to have someone like Richard Kohler choose Operation Smile as his beneficiary and take up such an enormous challenge, to help raise funds for kids and adults born with a cleft lip and palate – to help change lives; one smile at a time.’

9 year old Clara, female, BCL and CP, after. Clara poses for photos holding her before picture. Clara received surgery for her BCL during Operation Smile’s 2016 mission and will return to the 2017 mission for surgery on her cleft palate. Patient village. Madagascar. May 2017. (Operation Smile Photo – Zute Lightfoot)


Kayak build – half way there

We’ve reached the end of the third week of my Ocean X kayak build.

Last week we invited some special guests who have helped my dream come true to have a private viewing of the boat build.
Thank you to my build team Dylan from Further Composites, Phil Southwell and Richard Bertie for your time and input.
Thanks to Bruce Robinson from Power Sol, Andrew Parsons and Craig from Aerontec, Vincent and Ashraf from SMD Africa Marine and Matthew from Getaway Magazine, Highbury Safika Media.
Check these awesome renderings of the design by Southwell Yacht Designs.