Danny Sunkel
Alan Sunkel
Alan Sunkel
10:10PM 4th Sep 11

Today being Fathers Day, I want to thank my father Alan Sunkel, this is the man that raised me to believe if you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything. This was reinforced all through my early life by him giving me responsibility and tasks in which I had no experience in. My first really solid memory of this was I guess roughly age 8 or 9, when he gave me the task of pulling the engine off one lawnmower and fitting it to another. That's pretty much all the instructions I was given and off I went and sometime later in the day proudly showed him it all done and running, sure it probably needed tweaking (not that he let on at all) but I had effectivly done it. There were so many times like this when he threw me in the deep end and left me to work it out and I would come out concouring things I would have never thought I could.

At age 44 Alan - Dad lost his 10 year fight with Adrenal Cancer, I was still seventeen but he had past on a wealth of knowledge of many things practical. I can't thank him enough.

Dad you are the inspiration for my ocean row you fought that disease with everything you had. Often people ask why I am doing this row. If I can do something to raise enough money for Cancer Research to give someone another birthday with their children or loved ones, then it's not much of a sacrifice.


You probably don't remember me, but I remember your dad and your mum and the huge trust and responsibility they put in us as teenagers running camps. They had a huge impact on my life. It's been awesome to remember them through your comments. All the best for your row.

Comment by: Lynne Medland (Elliot) at 10:59PM 4/9/2011

yes I do remember you Lynne. Appreciate your feedback which shows they treated everyone the same.

Comment by: Danny Sunkel at 9:59AM 6/9/2011
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