Sunday, 17 December 2017

Film premiere in aid of women’s Pacific row attempt

MORE than 100 people attended a charity film premiere at the Regal Picturehouse in Henley.

MORE than 100 people attended a charity film premiere at the Regal Picturehouse in Henley.

Ocean rowers Chris Martin and Mick Dawson introduced their documentary Rowing The Pacific, which chronicles their record-breaking ocean voyage in 2008.

Afterwards, the men gave a short talk about their experience and answered questions from the audience. The evening was organised by Henley resident Sarah Weldon, who is to take part in a cross-Pacific row from California to Australia for charity next summer.

The 37-year-old and three friends will be raising money for Oceans Project Georgia, a charity she founded in 2010 which fights for better education in developing countries.

Miss Weldon needs to raise £150,000 for the challenge, including £56,000 for the boat. The film night raised several hundred pounds.

Also present were Leander Club captain and GB Olympic rower Debbie Flood, who is training Miss Weldon’s team, and Miss Weldon’s crewmate Kate Gibbs.

Mr Martin said: “Sarah is attempting quite a remarkable feat.Any ocean row is a demanding challenge and an incredible achievement but a Pacific crossing is a very, very long way indeed.” Miss Weldon said: “It was a fantastic night and it gave all our supporters a chance to meet each other for the first time.”

On May 15, Miss Weldon will be screening cyclist Tom Allen’s documentary Jalapar at the Regal.

Mr Allen, who rode around the world in 2007, will be there to answer questions.

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