A sea kayaker is currently paddling the entire Cork coastline in order to fundraise for a great local cause.
The 200 – 300 km solo expedition is being undertaken by Jon Hynes in aid of the cancer support service, Cork ARC House
Jon, who works with the Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre and is a member of the Kinsale RNLI, has a personal connection to the charity. He said it was a “key support” for his wife Alayne when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019.
Alayne is healthy and well now after undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments and Jon decided to kayak from the Cork/Kerry border to the Cork/Waterford border, by sea, to give back to the place that assisted Alayne’s recovery,
The lengthy expedition began on Wednesday and, speaking to The Echo from Sherkin Island, Jon estimated it would take him seven days to reach his destination in Youghal.
Jon also kayaks on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a group of women called ‘Ladies who Launch’. The group is made up of women who are in recovery from breast cancer and they are hopefully going to finish the final leg of the journey to Youghal alongside Jon.
“When I’m out at sea, kayaking, I think of the people that are going through treatment, going through chemo and radiation, and I remember that kayaking is nothing compared to what they go through. It’s a big motivator.”
The 49-year-old, who has been kayaking for the past 39 years, said he knows some people have reservations about his trip, but he emphasized, ‘this is not his first rodeo.’
The Limerick native, who lives with his wife and their two teenage daughters in Garretstown, said his wife is a constant inspiration to him.
“I’m in constant amazement of Alayne. The challenge of chemotherapy, what she went through, it’s just incredible.”
Jon said the main motivation for his kayaking trip is to raise awareness and money for his charity of choice.
“Alayne is doing well.
Jon’s fundraiser is open for donations at gofundme.com.