MCBC 24 hour erg fundraiser
On 9th May at 19:00 MCBC set out to erg for 24 hours continuously as a club, looking to beat the world record for the most metres rowed on a machine in 24 hours by a single human - an enormous 318,106m set by Vasilis Tsantarliotis. Any donations received were split 50/50 between the boat club and Fenix Humanitarian Aid, a refugee charity based in Greece set up by ex-MCBC members.
After 24 hours, and with some members rowing through the night, boat club president Henry Williams completed the last slot, bringing us to a total distance of 327,506m! The fundraiser was a huge success: thanks to your donations and a bake sale on the day we managed to raise an incredible total of £1742.59!
We'd like to say a massive thanks to everyone who made this amazing achievement possible, whether it was through online donations, sharing the Facebook page, supplying baked goods or by cheering us on on the day. We've been blown away by the support we've received and will endeavour to put our share to good use in continuing to make rowing at Mansfield as fun and accessible as possible. Meanwhile thanks to your donations, Fenix Humanitarian Legal Aid have received more than £850 in support of the great work that they do!
Fenix Humanitarian Aid is an NGO based in Lesvos, Greece, which supports the legal and administrative needs of refugees and vulnerable migrants. There are around 8,000 refugees based on the island of Lesvos seeking asylum to Europe. Without any lawyers or knowledge of their rights within the complex legal system, many refugees struggle to make asylum claims and are stuck living in inhumane conditions; Fenix aims to combat this by providing legal aid and translation services.
Fenix looks to empower refugees by educating them so they can fight for their own rights and to help them overcome the language barriers. They are also beginning to train refugee ambassadors who can then pass on information to other refugees within the community.
Find out more at: https://www.fenixaid.org/