Team row-a-thon challenge for charity
IN THE wake of the Nepal earthquake, Gin Gin local and business owner James Hargreaves has set a challenge to raise awareness and support for the charity Forget Me Not.
Go Active Gym owner Mr Hargreaves has arranged a 24-hour rowing challenge and he invites groups, friends and community organisations to sign up for the row-a-thon.
“You can row for as long as you like or can,” Mr Hargreaves said.
“Teams are ideal as you can rotate amongst your group and cheer each other on.” Mr Hargreaves said they planned to hold a barbecue, play music and make it festive and fun.
“I encourage teams to dress up and enjoy the challenge,” he said.
Mr Hargreaves was moved when he visited Nepal and saw the devastation on the faces of thousands of young orphans.
“We housed and took care of 26 orphans and soon after we discovered the children were not orphans but victims of trafficking,” he said.
It was heart-breaking for the volunteers to uncover a side of Nepal you never saw on postcards.
“I want the community to know how lucky we are in Australia,” he said
Mr Hargreaves said the poverty in Nepal, Uganda and India was unbelievable and the row-a-thon was his way of making the community aware.
“It’s all in the name of fun for a serious issue,” he said.
“The gym is a great place to get out and be social and at the same time you can work on your fitness.
“Forget Me Not are committed to being responsive to the best interests of the child.”
Mr Hargreaves said that when we know better, we do better.
“While we began this journey as a children’s home, we recognise that permanent care away from home is a last resort,” he said.
As such, the organisation is actively working to find and reconnect children with their families.
“We are committed to providing lost children with hope, love and a safe environment,” he said.
Mr Hargreaves is committed to spreading the message and the row-a-thon is to raise community interest and funds.
“Each one of us can make a huge difference in this world, and the possibilities are endless,” Mr Hargreaves said.
GO ACTIVE: Gym owner James Hargreaves set to row for charity in a 24hr challenge.