Hi, I am Mel. I am a Dutch-girl who has lived in exciting London (UK) for almost six years and is now living in beautiful Switzerland.
In December 2023 I will row solo and unsupported 3000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. I will do this in support of Interplast Holland.
I have been working as a hand therapist for over 27 years and am incredibly passionate about this specialized profession, hence my team’s name HandsAtlantic, and the charities I chose. I have been part of a few surgical missions in Africa, which has been an incredible experience on so many different levels. And a total eye-opener that there is still so much we can do to reach out.
Interplast shares medical knowledge, treatment, and experience with under-resourced communities worldwide. Hand surgery and hand therapy are a big part of this.
The Interplast surgical teams are experienced plastic surgeons, anesthetists, operating theatre nurses and therapists who travel to crisis areas in their spare time - free of charge - and operate on and treat people who suffer from diseases that leave bad scars and disfigurements, and od/or accidents involving burns or animal bites.
Rowing solo across the Atlantic in this premier event in ocean rowing will push me to my physical and mental limits. The mental and physical endurance will result in a life-changing achievement that will never be forgotten.
To achieve this - I need your help, support me today and help me make this life-changing difference for the people in need.