Team row-a-thon chal­lenge for char­ity

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By JODIE DIXON

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

GO AC­TIVE: Gym owner James Har­g­reaves set to row for char­ity in a 24hr chal­lenge.

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