These days the African American rower Victor Mooney is in Miami, Florida, inspecting the repairs of his boat, The Spirit of Malabo, in order to continue his journey soon to New York. The American, who has proposed this feat to raise funds in the fight against AIDS, has had from the beginning the support of the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
The last mishap of Victor Mooney, in his eagerness to finish the adventure of crossing the Atlantic in a rowboat, did not end his dream. Mooney was attacked by pirates near Haiti, and his ship, in addition to being robbed, suffered serious damage that prevented him from continuing his voyage to New York.
These days he is inspecting the Spirit of Malabo, which is being repaired in Miami, from where he hopes to continue his journey in a couple of weeks to reach the city of skyscrapers.
The history of this American rower is an example of tenacity and willpower to carry out an adventure for a noble cause: to raise awareness about the importance of getting voluntary testing for HIV/AIDS, and encourage other control methods. It is an old dream of Mooney, who lost a brother to this disease.
It was the institutions of Equatorial Guinea and the Equatorial Guinean President himself, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who offered financial support for such a worthy cause; hence the name of the boat, which was visited by the Head of State on one of his trips to the United States.
Now it seems that his ship will be ready soon in order to make the last leg of the trip to New York, where he is expected by his wife and three children.
The intrepid oarsman said that when he arrives, he will leave behind the oars, but not the fight against AIDS, and donate The Spirit of Malabo to the UN, as a symbol of the fight against this disease.
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office