Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Rowers launch Mozambique safe water appeal

ATHLETES at Leander Club in Henley are launching a fund-raising drive to help provide clean water for people in Mozambique.

ATHLETES at Leander Club in Henley are launching a fund-raising drive to help provide clean water for people in Mozambique.

The club is encouraging schools, clubs and groups to raise £100 each for Village Water and in return two of its athletes will visit them as thanks for their efforts.

The project, called “Drop by Drop”, is being led by former club captain Debbie Flood and members including Tim Cook, whose sons Ollie, Jamie and Robbie all row.

Village Water, which was founded in 2003, supports communities in Zambia through wells, safe water and sanitation and is now looking to replicate its success in Mozambique.

Each community sets up a water committee to oversee the changes and villagers contribute to building the new well. Flood, a double Olympic silver medallist, said: “We have everything we need here — we have safe water and we have sanitation.

“For many of us the river and water is our existence, so we are starting with our own river community before challenging the rest of British Rowing.

“We are aiming to raise £50,000 which would enable the initial 10 wells to be provided in Mozambique, bringing clean safe water to up to 3,000 people a year.

“Imagine if everyone gave £100. We thought ‘lets start this challenge at Leander and let’s challenge Henley’. We’re a river and rowing community and £100 is such a small amount but actually it does all add up.” Other fund-raising activities have included a Christmas jumper day, while the club’s director of rowing and chief coach Mark Banks donated his entire DVD collection to be sold. About 40 athletes from Leander are taking part in the campaign.

To get involved, email Leander the name of your club, school or group at onwaterforwater@gmail.com to let them know if you’re interested.

You can raise the money from any activity, including a fancy dress day, car washing, litter-picking along the river, a cake sale or from straight donations.

Let the club know when you have donated so it can add you to the list of those taking part and two of its athletes will visit.

All the money raised will go to the charity. You can donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/on-water-for-water



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