On August 8th, Virtual Operations’ James Swinford and 6 friends are rowing the English Channel for charity. Their target is to raise £12,000 for The AHOY Charity (www.ahoy.org.uk)
James and friends will be pushing both their bodies and minds to the limit by taking on Mother Nature’s English Channel. With limited to zero rowing experience, the challenge is to row the 23 mile stretch of the English Channel in one boat starting in Dover on the weekend of 8th August 2015. With the expectation of 5-7 hours of solid rowing, there will be blood, there will be sweat and rest assured the training that has taken place over the past few months will need to come in handy.
You can follow their progress on Twitter (@bandofrudders) or Facebook (band of rudders) and if you feel generous, you can donate to The AHOY Charity here.
So why? Not just as a challenge but also, more importantly, for the charity AHOY. The Charity stood out because of the direct benefit it has to the kids and adults in London, where we work.
Based in Greenwich, the charity utilises London’s greatest natural resource, the River Thames. Its focus is on helping disadvantaged and disabled people learn essential life skills through rowing and sailing with the aim of building self-confidence and pride.
The AHOY Centre also runs two great apprenticeship schemes in Deptford that teach transferable and employable skills to young people aged between 16 and 24 years old. The first in “Activity Leadership” leads to a potential career in the water sports industry and offers managerial and leadership skills; the second apprenticeship in “Boat Building and Repair” provides training on a range of skills suitable for a career in the construction industry.
To find out more about the charity, click here.