MIAMI, FLORIDA, April 13, 2015 (Newswire.com) - Longtime AIDS activist, Victor Mooney of Queens, New York is nearing the start of the last 1,500 miles of a transatlantic row with the continued support of Republic of Equatorial Guinea and their Head of State, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Mr. Mooney reached out to the tiny country nearly several years ago with a dream of lowering the infections of AIDS and encouraging global voluntary HIV testing. His Brazilian built rowboat is called, “The Spirit of Malabo”.
“It hasn't been easy, but what's clear is...AIDS has no boundaries, whether in Malabo or Manhattan”, said Mooney. “Until there's a cure, education and prevention are the tools for reaching an AIDS-free generation”, Mooney added.
Mooney began is fourth attempt to row cross the Atlantic Ocean last year and arrived in St. Martin, French West Indies, nearly one-hundred and thirty days later. He faced many obstacles from an eighty pound weight loss to a oceanic white tip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) that punctured a hole in his boat. While heading to the United States, the rower was robbed and his boat severely damaged off the coast of Haiti. In Miami, RMK Merrill-Stevens has sponsored the repairs on Mooney's boat so he can continue his mission. The boat will be later donated to the United Nations as a symbol for the continued fight against AIDS. Mooney looks to arrived at New York's Brooklyn Bridge between June and July.
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. H.E., President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has championed the fight against AIDS through preventive education, condom distribution and financing of antiretroviral medicine for afflicted populations. The Head of State also called for a shared responsibility in fighting the disease.
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