norm. sponsors Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Team in support of children’s cancer charities
Local man Darryl Thöle and teammate Sean Geiser secure backing of cyber security company as they enter the last 12 months of preparation
norm., the managed security service provider for midsized organisations, is proud to announce that it is sponsoring the ‘Two-inna-row’ rowing team in the 2022 Talisker Whisky Atlantic challenge. The race is the world’s toughest ocean rowing race and more people have climbed Mount Everest than have rowed the Atlantic Ocean.
The team is made up of Darryl Thöle from Sandhurst, Berkshire – a solution architect by profession – and Sean Geiser, South African-born civil engineer who resides in Nassau, The Bahamas. Together, they will row 3,000 miles unassisted across the Atlantic from La Gomera, Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua. The gruelling challenge will see the pair row in two-hour shifts 24 hours a day in all conditions across the Atlantic until they reach the Caribbean. They face burning up to 8,000 calories a day, up to 15kg weight loss as well as salt sores, sleep deprivation and constant exposure to the elements.
Geiser and Thöle will battle through all of this in support of three charities – Children with Cancer UK, Kids Cancer Foundation and The Cancer Society of the Bahamas – hoping to raise much-needed funds.
“Having the support of norm. is incredibly exciting for us and we look forward to the taking them with us across the Atlantic,” said Darryl Thöle. “They are such a big player in the world of cyber security, and we are just two normal people trying to do something for children’s cancer charities, so to have them back us through this journey is quite humbling.”
“The sponsorship opportunity from norm. will bring a whole new dynamic to our team’s journey in this campaign. We are extremely honoured to have them onboard and complete this amazing challenge together,” added Sean Geiser.
Pete Bowers, COO at norm., said “When I heard that Sean and Darryl were going to attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean unassisted for charity, my first thought – when my astonishment subsided – was that we wanted to help. Often the hardest part of these types of challenges is simply making it to the starting line, and I’m pleased that we’re able to help them get there. The charities they have chosen to support are also particularly significant to me and I know the work they do on a day-to-day basis is phenomenal.”
“With the rapid advances in clinical research, technology, and cell therapy over recent years, there is now real hope that a significant breakthrough in the search for a cure for certain types of cancer is just around the corner. If we can help get there any quicker then we will, and we’re looking forward to supporting Sean and Darryl every step of the way,” added Pete.
For more information on the Talisker Whisky Challenge and the Two-inna-row team, visit the website.