Row-a-thon 24 hour char­ity chal­lenge

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

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.

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