Extreme expedition of traveler Anton Bondarenko
Anton Bondarenko - goes on the water from Kyiv to Odessa on a sup-board. He has two oars with him, waterproof bags with things, a solar battery for recharging gadgets, a minimum supply of water and food, an action camera and 430 hryvnias in his pocket. We met with Anton before his departure from the Dnieper. In our city, the traveler made a one-day stop, and today he will overcome the equator of his path - 500 km. If everything goes well, the National Book of Records of Ukraine will record a new record. Anton's movement is tracked by a special tracker, according to whichyou can see its entire path. Anton tests himself not just for endurance and adventurism. The man announced an important social mission - to help a seriously ill pensioner from Zaporozhye. For Anton, this is not the first extreme journey. He crossed Ukraine from south to north and from west to east, walked through Mongolia, made several bike rides.
What drives the brave Cossack, what fears arise during the journey, and what kind of people Anton meets on his way, the traveler told Sport Dnipro about this.
I come from the Zaporozhye region, from the village of Veselovo. I am 38 years old. I am a tourism instructor, including water tourism, I worked at one time in the north in Karelia. I went on catamarans, canoes, kayaks, and when I started on sup (approx. Standup paddleboarding) in March of this year, I realized that this was mine. Incredible feeling when you stand on the water.
I have been to the Dnieper many times, and all the time passing through. I was very warmly received in the Dnieper. They gave me a cake, arranged a walk. I saw the city from land, but yesterday, when my friends gave me a tour and we looked at the city from the water, the Dnieper seemed to me completely different, very interesting. Many sights of your city need to be viewed from the water.
When I came up with the name of this project, I put two meanings into it: “Ukraine of goodness” (note country of good), and “Ukraine of goodness” (note country of kindness). Those people who meet on my way confirm this thesis.
Today the equator of my journey is 500 km. Do I want to go home? And I'm at home anyway. I feel comfortable, I am in my native country, I constantly keep in touch with close people. Sometimes we talk too much. This is still a solo trip, so sometimes you want to tune in to the state of the traveler. For me it is interesting and important.
Everything I do is inspired by people. Going on such trips, I wake up with thoughts about what awaits me today, what meetings will be. In the conditions of travel, you learn to discard everything secondary, and trust the main thing.
In life, as in travelling, there are storms, there is a time of calm and a fair wind. And that, and that is necessary. There will be some storms - it's dangerous, only calm - it's boring.
A couple of days ago, while traveling, a man from the shore saw me. It was already evening, sunset, and suddenly, he noticed a figure on the water, which stood exactly. The man ran for binoculars to take a look. Then, when I came closer to him, he said that he could not believe his eyes, he thought that he had seen a miracle. Sup gives an indescribable feeling. The firmament, the stars, under you is another element - water, it cannot be described in words. I also love trying new things: new hobbies, new ways of moving around in space. According to one version, the birthplace of sup is Hawaiian waspsditch. The locals used the board to go out into the ocean to fish and move between the islands. More recently, paddle board surfing has become a popular sport. My board is inflatable. Many, when they see it, are surprised that it is generally possible to walk on water on it.
Fear is present when traveling. I'm still human. If I were somewhere far away, in some other countries, then there would be more fear. And so I'm at home. It helps to overcome all difficulties, strengthens the spirit. Unfortunately, or fortunately, there is no strong shipping traffic along the Dnieper - the water is calm. Let's see how it will be at sea.
Relatives are accustomed to my way of life. When I went on my first trip, many were in shock, did not understand why this was.
I try to ensure that all my projects are filled not only with a record component, personal ambitions, but with a social mission. I firmly believe that doing any business, you can do it for the benefit of someone. It costs me nothing to designate a social goal, declare it, and thus draw attention to it, help those who need it.
The expedition “Ukraine of goodness” is a project that I conceived to help retired Svetlana Shcherban. I learned about it at the Red Cross in Zaporozhye. Svetlana is 82 years old. Her story really impressed me, because she is a real fighter. For many, she is an example of perseverance and optimism. Since childhood, Svetlana has been struggling with diseases. Moreover, her daughter and grandchildren suffer from genetic diseases. I went on a journey to help them by raising money for Tarshinov's medical bioregulator. This is a physiotherapy hardware massager that helps speed upthe movement of blood and lymph through the vessels. The cost of the apparatus is 38 thousand 500 hryvnias. It is clear that for a pensioner with a pension of 1,370 hryvnias, this is an unbearable amount. For me, as a citizen of Ukraine, it is outrageous that our pensioners live on a penny. The budget of my trip is 430 hryvnias. This amount is the minimum social benefit in Ukraine. Thus, I want to draw public attention to these issues. I ask everyone who can help Svetlana and her family to respond. To date, quite a bit has been collected - 1,700 hryvnias.
Like any ordinary person, I dream of being happy. You don't need much. I want my loved ones to be healthy. I want to implement those projects and ideas that I still have.
Home soon. In two days I will be in Zaporozhye. I'm waiting for a fair wind. With him, I managed to do 47 kilometers a day, but on average I walk 30-35 a day.
Already drawn into this mode, I have time to restore strength. In any case, the most difficult thing is to take the first step. Once you've done it, it gets easier. So here. The first days it was hard to get into the rhythm, the body got used to it, the krepatura disappeared on the fifth day. Since the start, I have had tremendous support. I walk along the coast, and people greet me.
Ideas for new trips are born in the trip itself.
Everyone can help the family by transferring money to the Privat Bank card account 4731219109496707 Recipient: Puzyrevich Artem 050-525-17-65 (grandson of Svetlana Shcherban).