Braam Malherbe is driven by passion. His passion? To save the planet by joining the DOT (Do One THING) movement: Do One Thing. Braam’s one thing was achieving something never accomplished before—a 4,000-mile journey across the ocean in a two-person ocean rower. He feels that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things.
Braam, a South Africa native, is dedicated to changing the way people use energy and resources. He has accomplished a 551-mile, solitary trek to the South Pole and a 90-day run along the Great Wall of China, all in the hopes of making a difference in the world.
By making his journey across the ocean from Cape Town, South Africa, to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, he had the goal of uniting like-minded individuals and encouraging small life adjustments that would have a big global impact. Braam’s goal was to bring awareness to ways people can preserve resources—things like conserving water, utilizing renewable energy, cutting out chemical products, and minimizing waste. Braam felt that if he could start this and pass it on to future generations, it would make a huge, long-term global change for the better. “If we all just do one thing, collectively,” said Braam, “we reshape our planet’s destiny. Indeed, this is the exact philosophy of ASEA! You cannot succeed unless you help others to succeed!”
To make his journey possible, Braam needed a team of sponsors, planning experts, and developers to back him. ASEA recognized the incredible impact for good this journey would have in calling attention to people’s wasteful habits. They became Braam’s first platinum sponsor. ASEA loved Braam’s work and ambition and was proud to see their logo displayed on his boat.
After acquiring the support he needed to take the journey, Braam’s next step was finding a teammate. Clyde Barendse agreed to tackle the journey as Braam’s rowing mate. They set a launch date of January 1, 2017, but gale-force winds forced the team to delay their launch. Add to that delay a sick rowing mate, data transmission failure, and a wildfire close to Braam’s home, and Braam almost had to cancel the journey. Fortunately, Braam found a new rowing mate, his friend and boat maker Wayne Robertson, and 37 days after their initial launch date, they set out rowing.
Braam’s journey took three months and two days. He rowed 4,970 miles, and he and his partner pulled more than two million oar strokes. He said of the voyage, “I experienced a deep connection with my purpose and with the planet when there were 40-foot breaking waves high above us. The fear and greatness of nature reminded me constantly of how much I have to be grateful for.”
Together, Braam and ASEA are working to make the world a better place. To learn more about ASEA, visit their website.