LONDON, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
qedis Consultant, Lewis Colam, challenged the norm and did what he dared to dream; rowing in a little wooden boat from Miami to New York to raise money for Alzheimer's!
Lewis, 24, was offered a sabbatical by employer qedis to embark on a truly unique adventure; rowing unassisted up the East Coast of America from Miami to New York City. This brave feat saw Lewis row for up to 18 hours a day for 3 months, in order to cover the 1400 miles of Intracoastal Waterway and open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. His trip was not without dangers, and to avoid the constant threat of alligators and sharks, he spent his nights at anchor and slept on the open-deck of his 15 foot rowing boat.
Lewis was motivated by the incredible support he received in the US, particularly from those in rowing, kayaking and sailing clubs on the East Coast who came out to join him in completing various legs of this remarkable trip. He has also been helped by the public, who have also been touched by his inspirational journey. The kindness they have extended to him include substantial donations, messages of support and rooms for the night as he passed through their towns. If that wasn't enough, Lewis also appeared on the news http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yssFPOj4rqk&feature=youtu.be and was invited to visit the White House when he arrived in Washington.
So far Lewis has raised $28,000 for the Fisher Centre - an international Alzheimer's research foundation, smashing his original target of $20,000. Finding a cure for Alzheimer's has been close to his heart ever since he cared for a family member who suffered from this disease, and it is safe to say that the money he has raised with go a long way towards helping with this research.
qedis believes in supporting its people, both through developing them in the workplace and giving them the opportunity to accomplish their dreams. qedis has provided sponsorship to Lewis towards his trip and can't wait to support him on his return. The company is incredibly proud of him.
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