Row, row, row your boat: for 48 hours straight with Gravesend!

By Elliot Green

01 Mar 19

One of this month’s featured charities, Gravesend rowing club, is holding a 48 hour fundraising event where club members and their friends will get stuck in by rowing as far as they can to help raise funds for much needed rowing equipment, including shiny new boats!

We asked Sandy at Gravesend about the club’s activities and their wonderful fundraising event.

"Gravesend Rowing Club, was established in 1878, and is the oldest sporting club in Gravesend. The club has always been located at its present site, on Gordon promenade although it was rebuilt approximately 30 years ago. It can boast several past Doggett Coat and Badge winners during its history. Crews have in the past represented the club at many prestigious rowing events including Henley, as well as smaller local regattas. We take part in the local Town regatta, and have many links with local school, scouting groups and organizations such as the PLA."

Who does your club help? What are the core values/purpose/ethos?

Our club helps a whole range of people from 13 till 70 plus from all backgrounds. Our core values are that members can have fun whilst learning to develop a new skill and have the benefit of getting fit at the same time.

What’s wonderful about rowing? What makes it tough and do you have to be

sporty to get involved?

There is nothing like rowing, because when you can get out on the water on a lovely sunny summers day all your troubles can be left behind. You can develop camaraderie between members of your crew. At the same time, you can train to compete, which can involve some fairly intense training on and off the water. You can start rowing with no sporting experience and our dedicated coaches will develop your skills at your own pace.

What made you decide to start using Wonderful as a fundraising platform?

The Wonderful platform was highly recommended to us.

Tell us about your 48 hour rowing event – Where, what, then, who?

The 48-hour indoor rowing event is being held at Gravesend Rowing club from Friday 1st till Sunday 3rd March 2019 and hopefully everyone who is a member (plus mums/dads, friends and guests) will take part by rowing for a half hour time slot. During this time the distance rowed will be added to give a grand total. The indoor event is design to raise money for new equipment especially boats. Due to the club’s success and large increase in junior membership this resource is being stretched.

What’s the most rewarding thing about the work you do?

Seeing people especially our juniors learn to row, have fun, and at the same time become more confident in themselves and their abilities. 

If you asked your members/those you work with, what would they say the best

thing is about your club?

It's a family, where people have fun, but have the ability to also get fit and develop new skills in rowing and sculling.

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