Worth School row the Atlantic for Kids for Kids
Over a gruelling eleven days, the boys of St Bede’s House, Worth School took on the challenge to row 1.6 million metres as a House Rowing Marathon – the same distance as crossing the Atlantic Ocean. On reaching their aim, the boys have raised the bar still further and smashed their target on Monday evening when they achieved 2 million metres (1250 miles).
All the boys contributed to the total through group races and individual free rowing. To give you a flavour of what it has required, it takes about an hour for each boy to row 10,000 metres. An immense challenge when you consider only six could row at one time and only in evenings and break-times. With a leaderboard for the boys who have completed the most metres, many were competing for the top spot.
The boys were spurred on by a special visitor Patrick Thomas, World Record holder for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. He addressed the whole school about his incredible challenge and achievement, sharing stories from the voyage and some of the lessons he learned about himself during the challenge. After assembly, Mr Thomas went to St Bede’s House to meet with the boys and give them a masterclass in technique, before fielding questions. The visit energised the House and helped the boys even more determined to reach their goal.
Their fundraising target of £2,000 was ambitious, but with drive and determination, they have crossed the finish line raising an incredible £2,500 so far – what an achievement. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for their efforts and know the real commitment they have made to complete this challenge. It is with support like this that we are able to make an enormous difference to help families in Darfur have a better life.
If you would like to show your support to these incredible rowers, you can do so here mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stbedesrowingmarathon
Think you could take on an ambitious challenge and fundraise for children in Darfur? Perhaps you are a cyclist who could take on the Ride100, or maybe abseil down a cathedral? See our Challenges page for details, or get in touch if you have your own ideas.