CHARITY: Jason Hage raised more than $4000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, far surpassing his target of $2500. Jason was pictured at the end of his trip, rowing into the Point Lowly boat ramp.Jason Hage is an everyday hero.
The 38-year-old recently rowed from Point Lowly to Port Augusta and back again, all in the name of charity.
The trip was 130 kilometres long and was estimated to take about five days.
Before his trip, Jason had set a target to raise $2500 for the breast-cancer foundation.
“It was a realistic target,” Jason said.
“I never thought I’d reach it.”
By the time Jason completed his trip which had only took him three days, he had raised more than $4000.
“The amount we raised was incredible, I never thought we’d ever get that much,” he said.
On the first day Jason made it from Point Lowly to Blanche Harbour, which was past his intended camping spot of the south end of the defence land.
The rest of the trip up to Port Augusta was just as fast and Jason reached Port Augusta by the early afternoon of the second day.
He stopped to gather a few supplies and have a quick break before setting off on his way home.
Jason ended day two at Blanche Harbour.
On the last day, Jason had to rescue the support boat which had floated away in the middle of the night.
“I did have to support the support boat,” Jason said.
Jason was met with strong winds on the last day, which made for some hard rowing.
The last eight kilometres of the trip were the hardest for Jason, who was worn out from the previous two days of rowing and from rowing into strong winds.
But he made it home, pulling into Point Lowly at about 3.20pm on the third day of his trip.
Jason’s brother and cousin offered support throughout his trip to ensure his safety.
However, Jason said this wasn’t the end of his fundraising efforts.
After surpassing his goal of $2500, Jason hopes to do another fundraiser and raise more money.
“I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet,” Jason said.
“But it’s probably going to be crazy like this one was.
“I’d like to make it a team effort though, get a few more people involved with the craziness with me.”
Jason said he was planning on doing the fundraising next year.
The end total of $4235 went to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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