Dutchmen Noud Dirks and Ben Wensing departed from the Waal harbour in Nijmegen on 1 March for a very special voyage with their boot, the ‘Volendam 172’. They plan to ultimately reach Romania via the Rhine, Main and Danube. A voyage of more than 6,000 kilometres, lasting approximately 4 months and spanning nine countries. Apart from the Netherlands, their voyage will cover Germany, Austria, Hungary Slovakia, Croatia, Servia, Bulgaria and Romania. Not only will this voyage fulfil Noud and Ben’s childhood dream, but they will also be raising Dutch sponsorship for research into leukaemia in children under the motto ‘From Nijmegen to Constanta – Sail with us for life’. They expect to arrive back in the Netherlands at the beginning of July and hope to be able to hand over a substantial sum of money to the Radboud Oncology Fund in Nijmegen.
Translavic has assisted Noud Dirks with the translation of a brief letter that the men can use abroad to explain the design and purpose of their voyage. We got to know Noud within the scope of one of his earlier adventures – a journey on horseback from the Netherlands to Istanbul in 2012, which also involved raising funds for the Radboud Oncology Fund. An explanatory letter also came in handy during that trip. We would like to take this opportunity to once more thank all of our translators that selflessly provided the translations into German, Hungarian, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian and Romanian for their cooperation. Naturally, we also wish Noud and Ben every success with their mission!