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Spirit of Malabo at EG Mission in New York City

14 September 2016 | Manhattan, New York
Lisa Samuels
The Spirit of Malabo ventured out of the Gateway Marina in Brooklyn to the House of the Lord Church that's led by Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, long time supporter of the Goree Challenge on Tuesday.

Afterwards, Spirit of Malabo made its inaugural visit to The Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations. After Victor Mooney's closed meeting with H.E. Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba and senior diplomats, the group went outside to see the Spirit of Malabo up close.

Spirit of Malabo is on standby to be donated to the United Nations as a gift from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Head of State, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, as a symbol for the fight against AIDS.

"If we are going to reach an AIDS-free generation, it's going to take partnership, integrity and perseverance", said Victor Mooney.

On his fourth try with three failed attempts, which nearly cost his life on multiple occasions, Mr. Mooney successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean and eventually arrived at New York's Brooklyn Bridge.

"You are never alone", Mooney added.

On the net: www.goreechallenge.com

The President decorates Victor Mooney

04 February 2016 | Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office
On 3rd February at the People's Palace in Malabo, the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo received the adventurer who rowed solo across the Atlantic ocean, in the Spirit of Malabo. The sailor was decorated as a Knight of the Order of Independence for denouncing through this achievement to deportation of African slaves, together with the need to promote the fight against AIDS.

In the presence of Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea Missions to the United Nations, the American sportsman was interviewed by the President of the Republic, who commended his bravery for having crossed the Atlantic solo in a small boat, in order to remember and denounce the regime of slavery that affected so many Africans. Mooney also wanted to underline through this feat the need to continue to promote the fight against HIV/AIDS, an illness that one of his brothers was a victim of.

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo did not hesitate in granting him Equatoguinean nationality, and decorated him as a Knight of the Order of Independence, for having rowed from Las Palmas (Canary Isles, Spain) to the Brooklyn Bridge, in New York.

The President received him as a son of our country as, in the words of the navigator himself, he crossed the ocean an Equatoguinean citizen. Furthermore, the Head of State described Mooney's actions as "historic", reminding us that through his feat he retraced the steps of our enslaved African ancestors.

Mooney, in an interview with the press, declared: “For me it is a historic day, for my family and for my ancestors who died crossing the Atlantic ocean".

US rower gets house and nationality from Equatorial Guinea President

03 February 2016 | Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Lisa Samuels, GC Media
Victor Mooney, of Queens, New York received the Medalla de Caballero from Equatorial Guinea President, His Excellency, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in Malabo today.

Mr. Mooney was awarded this honor after successfully rowing from Las Palmas, Canary Islands to New York's Brooklyn Bridge on his fourth attempt to encourage HIV testing. His boat was sponsored by Equatorial Guinea and will be donated to the United Nations later this year.

The President also gave Mr. Mooney a house and Equatorial Guinea nationality.

Mr. Mooney was joined by his family for the ceremony and will return to New York next week. The 50 year old rower also became the first African-American to row across any ocean.

Photo: Victor Mooney with his family and Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to UN after the ceremony.

On the net: goreechallenge.com/ facebook.com/goreechallenge

President of Equatorial Guinea invites U.S. rower to Malabo

07 December 2015 | New York City, New York
GC Media, Lisa Samuels
New York - At the Equatorial Guinea Mission to the United Nations, H.E. Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Representative, hand delivered a letter from the Head of State, H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo inviting Victor Mooney to the capital city of Malabo next week.

Mr. Mooney is being publicly recognized for his heroism and dedication to the cause of fighting against HIV/AIDS.

The Head of State personally lent his support to Mr. Mooney, so he could make a fourth and subsequently a successful quest to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Mr. Mooney arrived last week in Brooklyn after leaving the Canary Islands, which is located off the coast of Africa on February 19. 2014.

Goree Challenge reached a million plus audience

07 December 2015 | New York City, New York
GC Media, Lisa Samuels
New York - With the historic arrival of the Spirit of Malabo to Brooklyn, the Goree Challenge project drew a million plus audience. This human interest story was propelled by the coverage from US based Associated Press (AP) and Spain based Agencia EFE.

Over a ten year period in Mr. Victor Mooney's pursuit to heighten the awareness for HIV, the project sustained media coverage also from Agency France Press (AFP), Reuters, Europe Photo Agency (EPA), Getty Images, China News Service (Xinhua), international and U.S. based media outlets.

Mr. Mooney hopes his message of HIV awareness and to never give up will continue to resonate around the world.

Mission Accomplished For Transatlantic Rower

01 December 2015 | Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
GC Media, Lisa Samuels
Brooklyn, New York - For World AIDS Day, Victor Mooney didn't touch an oar. Thanks to the New York Methodist Hospital dedicated staff, they are giving Mr. Mooney 24/7 attentive care.

He is just recuperating from exhaustion, cold weather and the elements in the ocean.

The culmination of Mr. Mooney's 5,000 mile transatlantic row ended successfully at the Brooklyn Bridge on November 30, which took twenty-one months. A ten year quest that took four boats and three failed attempts.

On arrival at the Brooklyn Bridge, Mr. Mooney said, honor this row by getting tested for HIV.

Last mile; AIDS activist ends transatlantic row at Brooklyn Bridge

29 November 2015 | Brooklyn, New York
Lisa Samuels
GC Media
Lisa Samuels
gcmedia@gmail.com

Victor Mooney ends 5,000 mile transatlantic row at Brooklyn Bridge for HIV awareness. Mooney will embark from his boat and touch the sands of Brooklyn for the first time in 21 months.

The final row will be streamed live from his boat at goreechallenge.com.

When:
November 30, 2015

Start:
IKEA waterfront
Red Hook, Brooklyn
10 am

End:
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn
11 am

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Next stop: Brooklyn

26 November 2015 | Staten Island, New York
Lisa Samuels, GCMEDIA
Victor Mooney and the Spirit of Malabo arrived at Nichols Great Kill Park Marina in Staten Island, New York earlier this morning. Mooney is nearing the end of a 15 month/ 5,000 mile solo transatlantic row, which started from the coast of Africa. His mission is for the global fight against AIDS. For more, visit www.goreechallenge.com

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Lisa Samuels
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