Monday, 18 October 2021

Rowing to raise money for a good cause

A HENLEY woman who is planning to row the Pacific for charity is about to host her first major fund-raiser.

A HENLEY woman who is planning to row the Pacific for charity is about to host her first major fund-raiser.

On Monday, Sarah Weldon will welcome film director and rower Chris Martin to the town?s Regal Picturehouse cinema.

Mr Martin will present his documentary Rowing The Pacific, which charts his own two-man ocean crossing in 2009.

He will be joined by former crewmate Mick Dawson and Liz Tucker, who produced the film for the Discovery Channel.

Mr Martin and Mr Dawson will answer questions about their voyage, which won them a Guinness world record for being the first team to row across the North Pacific.

Next year, Miss Weldon and three of her friends are to row 8,300 miles from California to Australia.

They are raising money for Miss Weldon?s charity Oceans Project Georgia, which provides education for children in deprived countries.

The voyage will also benefit the Thai Children?s Trust and disability charity First Step Georgia.

Miss Weldon needs to raise £150,000 for the journey. The cost includes a custom-built fibreglass boat worth £56,000.

Leander Club captain and Team GB rower Debbie Flood, who is training the team, will be among the guests on Monday.

The screening starts at 8.30pm and tickets are £6.50. See www.picturehouses.co.uk

For more about Miss Weldon?s campaign, see www.oceansproject.com

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