Sports Relief 2018 – ‘The Big Row’ – Bedworth to Amsterdam
Sport Relief is a biennial charity event, this year from 17 March to 23 March, in association with BBC Sport. It brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries. This year the PE department and students of all ages got behind the charity fundraising event by participating in a 24 hour sponsored row.
The challenge involved students and staff rowing in a relay non stop, 6 hours a day, for 4 days. From the moment the opportunity was launched, NCS students got behind it in a big way. Over 100 people signed up to be volunteers, motivators, participants and organisers. The positive tone, words of encouragement from spectators and the motivation shown to complete the 30 minutes of rowing was superb. There was also the competitive element in some trying to row further and quicker than their friends and peers who were taking part.
Previous funds raised has made a great difference to people around the globe. Aiding over 3.4 million people living in Africa through maternal, neonatal and child health funding, Sport relief has also helped over 900,000 people who can now be treated across Africa with anti-malaria drugs. Alongside the global contribution that Sport Relief provides, it has also helped more than 50,000 people inside the United Kingdom suffering with mental health problems.
It is for that reason we set the challenge to each participant to raise a minimum of £10 sponsor money, potentially raising over £1000 for charity. So if you’ve sponsored someone or participated, please get your money in without delay so we can send it to the charity and start funding support for those who need it. Prizes will be presented for best sporting fancy dress, most money raised and distances rowed. Collectively participants rowed 310 miles enough to get them from Bedworth to Amsterdam! An amazing effort from all involved.
A huge thanks once again for all those who made the event possible and helped it run smoothly. It was brilliant to see so many of our students get active for a worthwhile charity.