Ex-stu­dent flies in from Ger­many for fundraiser

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HAS a teacher ever made such an im­pact on your life that you’d fly home from a for­eign coun­try to help raise money when he got sick?

Well, for Chris Lan­den­berger, that is the case.

He’s only been in Grafton for a mat­ter of hours, but he’s al­ready deep into plan­ning mode for his Stroking Against Can­cer fundraiser for his for­mer row­ing teacher, An­drew Tar­rant.

Mr Tar­rant was di­ag­nosed with stom­ach can­cer in De­cem­ber, and his treat­ments cost about $6000 each.

When Mr Lan­den­berger read The Daily Ex­am­iner’s ar­ti­cle about Mr Tar­rant’s plight, he wanted to do some­thing.

So, he’s come home to Grafton from Ger­many to help.

To help out his old teacher, Mr Lan­den­berger has spent the past few months or­gan­is­ing a row­ing fun­drasier over Face­book, and now he’s back in town, he’s quickly try­ing to get ev­ery­thing or­gan­ised.

“We’re plan­ning a course around Su­san Is­land and El­iz­a­beth Is­land,” he said.

“I orig­i­nally wrote a Face­book mes­sage to my col­leagues here in Aus­tralia, the ones I used to row with, and (asked) ‘have you heard about Mr Tar­rant?’,” he said.

“They im­me­di­ately re­sponded ‘ great idea, we have to do that’.”

Mr Lan­den­berger hasn’t rowed since he left Aus­tralia af­ter Year 11, but he’s go­ing to give it all to give back to his for­mer teacher.

“He is fight­ing through some­thing not so easy, so I said to col­leagues, row­ing can some­times not be so easy, es­pe­cially row­ing a long dis­tance, and we’re go­ing to have to fight for it to see how far we can go,” he said.

Each rower will be spon­sored by the kilo­me­tre.

For ex­am­ple, you can do­nate $1 or more for ev­ery kilo­me­tre rowed.

Mr Lan­den­berger said the rowathon was not just open to row­ers, but any­one who could pad­dle, in­clud­ing ca­noers and kayak­ers.

“(So far) we’ve got be­tween 10 and 20, but they can turn up and take part,” he said.

“What they need to sort out is their spon­sors.

“They can row 80km if they want, but there is no point if they don’t have a spon­sor be­hind them.”

The rowathon starts at 8am on Satur­day morn­ing, fin­ish­ing up at 4pm. There will be a pit­stop at the Grafton Row­ing Club.

The Grafton High School Row­ing Club is be­hind Mr Lan­den­berger’s ef­forts.

You can find more in­for­ma­tion on Face­book at Stroking against Can­cer – Rowathon and do­nate here: https:// landy­­st­cancer/do­nate.

Photo: Adam Houri­gan

Chris Lan­den­berger with Grafton High School row­ing team­mate Adam Pryor get ready for rowathon for An­drew Tar­rant.

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