May 20, 2014 10:35 pm
Updated: May 20, 2014 10:47 pm

Row4Autism: Burnaby dad to circumnavigate Vancouver Island to raise awareness about autism


WATCH (above): Next month a 37-year-old father from Burnaby is setting out to row thousands of kilometres, and it’s all for the love of his son, who is living with autism. Randene Neill.

A Burnaby dad is setting out on an adventure of a lifetime to raise awareness about his son’s autism.

John Carinha will try to circumnavigate Vancouver Island, a distance of 1,100 kilometres, by rowing solo and unsupported to raise awareness about the Autistic Spectrum Disorder his nine-year-old son Brandon suffers from.

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“This journey is not about notoriety, headlines or braving danger,” says Carinha. “It is about bringing understanding, definition and resolve to an inherent ignorance in our society and government about a disorder that many fail to comprehend or believe is truly a concern.”

Carinha will begin his arduous journey on Saturday and hopes to finish the trip by the end of June.

“The deliverable is the awareness, and I am just a messenger,” he says.

He will also be fundraising along the way to help create an online video library on how to coach individuals with autism.

Carinha has been training six days a week for the last eight months for his journey.

He will try to row for about 50 kilometres a day to complete the circumnavigation on time.

Carinha  will also be making a documentary about his solo expedition that he plans to submit to the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival for screening selection in 2015.

To donate to Row4Autism, go here.


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