The row­ing rev

Min­is­ter helps church with suc­cess­ful row from North River to Port de Grave

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - OBITUARIES/LOCAL - BY ANDREW ROBINSON

Rev. Wil­liam Strong’s row­ing jour­ney from North River to Port de Grave didn’t get off to a great start — he broke an oar be­fore reach­ing open water.

“I was try­ing to pad­dle through the cur­rent com­ing in through the bridge,” he told the Com­pass last Tues­day.

But af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tow un­der two bridges, every­thing went ac­cord­ing to plan for Strong, Angli­can archdea­con for the Trin­ity-con­cep­tion-pla­cen­tia re­gion. The event on Satur­day, Oct. 7 served as a fundraiser for St. Ge­orge’s Church in North River, which is in need of some re­pairs.

Cov­er­ing a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mately five miles, Strong fin­ished the trip aboard the small row­boat he calls Chat­tie in just un­der two hours. The wind was be­hind him the whole time, which proved to be a big help for the Angli­can min­is­ter, who reg­u­larly swims to help stay in shape.

“It was great,” he said. “I had a lot of en­cour­age­ment along the way — a lot of peo­ple stop­ping by, tak­ing no­tice, wav­ing and so on.”

The row­ing ad­ven­ture proved to be a hit with the pub­lic, as so far peo­ple have pledged $2,000. Strong is still ac­cept­ing do­na­tions through e-trans­fer at wstrong1450@ gmail.com.

“I’m very grate­ful for all the sup­port, be­cause all I did was ba­si­cally told peo­ple, ‘I’ll do this. You sup­port me.’ I gave a few pledge sheets, and they’ve done all the rest … I’ll prob­a­bly do it again.”

Wil­liam Strong passed by Ot­ter­bury and Bare­need on his way to Port de Grave.

PHOTOS BY JOYCE MOR­GAN

Rev. Wil­liam Strong (cen­tre) rowed from North River to Port de Grave Satur­day in aid of a lo­cal Angli­can church.

Wil­liam Strong de­parts from North River in his small row­boat, Chat­tie.

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