Moshiur R. Khandaker

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Moshiur R. Khandaker of Dhaka, Bangladesh is the Chief Executive of SAFE (Safety Assistance for Emergencies), a leading safety organization registered as trust in 2001 in Bangladesh dedicated to the promotion and support of Water Safety and Climate Change. Since its inception in 2001, SAFE has played a pivotal role to save lives at water and on the roads through awareness, emergency response, training and advocacy in a sustainable way.

Khandaker also organizes the Brojen Das Open Water Challenge 2012, a 10 km open water swimming competition from Teknaf to St. Martin Island to commemorate World Oceans Day on 8 June 2012. The Brojen Das Open Water Challenge is the first individual swimming event of its kind in Bangladesh. It will play a very significant role in bringing local and global attention on the impact of Climate Change on the poor and the vulnerable as well as raising funds for the Climate Change adoption program.

Brojen Das Open Water Challenge 2012 finishes on St. Martin Island, one of the most picturesque open water swimming locations in Bangladesh.

Brojen Das is an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame] and legendary swimmer from Bangladesh. He was the first Asian to swim across the English Channel in 1959 as well as a number of other marathon swims including the Maraton Del Golfo Capri-Napoli. He set the English Channel from France to English in 10 hours 35 minutes in 1959 and crossed the Channel a total six times, setting two world records. He was recognized as the King of Channel in 1968 with a legacy that lives on.

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