Row-a-thon 24 hour charity challenge
GIN GIN local set a challenge to raise awareness and support for the charity Forget Me Not.
Got Active Gym owner James Hargreaves arranged a 24-hour rowing challenge; he invited groups, friends and community organisations to support the row-a-thon.
Mr Hargreaves was moved when he visited Nepal soon after the earthquakes and saw the devastation on the faces of thousands of young orphans.
“I want the community to know how lucky we are in Australia,” he said.
Mr Hargreaves said rowers had 15 minutes on the rowing machine and he had a constant line of participants.
“We started at 10am Friday morning and it was a long challenge,” he said. Coinciding with the row-a-thon, Mr Hargreaves combined his work Christmas party.
The gym transformed into a festive party and all guests took turns rowing for charity.
“It was all in the name of fun for a serious issue, Forget Me Not is committed to being responsive to the best interests of the child,” Mr Hargreaves said.
The row-a-thon had over 40 people share shifts over the 24-hour period.
“I had about 60 people attend the Friday night Christmas party and to support the row,” he said.
“In total the rowers travelled about 250,000m and collectively we burnt over 11,000 calories, which is equivalent to about 44 foot-long chicken subs,” he said. The challenge was a great success for the Gin Gin local and in total he raised $500 for the charity Forget Me Not.
ROW-A-THON: 24hr Challenge for Matt Schmidt, Charles Gruss, Tanya Winter and James Hargreaves. (front): Jean McKenzie, Anne Dwyer (on the rower) and Gail Stever.
Anne Dwyer, Tanya Winter, Georga Jones, Brianna and James Hargreaves.
10-year-old Tallon Booth from Gin Gin rows for charity at 10pm.