HENLEY Round Table has donated £250 towards a woman’s bid to row the Pacific for charity.
Sarah Weldon, who lives in Henley, and three crewmates plan to row 8,000 miles from California to Australia in 240 days next year.
They will be raising money for her children’s charity, Oceans Project Georgia.
The team, called Fourbirdsaboating, need to raise £40,000 by September so that work can begin on building their boat. They plan to appeal for corporate sponsors.
Round Table’s donation comes from its new Henley Helping Hands fund and will pay for the boat’s rudder, which will be inscribed with the charity’s logo.
Chairman Rob Tatman said: “Sarah is undertaking a great challenge. Our members are young men of a certain age and adventure is something they salute, so we were very happy to help.
“The row is going to raise money for charity and has an educational aspect so it ticks all our boxes.”
Over the next few months, Miss Weldon’s team will be setting up a rowing machine at events such as Henley Royal Regatta and challenging people to row as fast as they can in exchange for a donation.
The fastest entrants will win a prize and their names will be written on the team’s vessel.
Miss Weldon said: “The community has been very supportive so far and there are a lot of good things going on.
“However, we do need to step up the pace of our fund-raising because that boat build is time-critical. We have to start work by September at the very latest.”
For more information and to donate, visit www.oceansproject.co.uk