Club members rallied to support 15 year-old Callum Fairhurst during his 26 mile Row the Channel charity challenge on 30 June. Callum’s fundraising is ongoing, punctuated by a big endurance event each year since his brother Liam’s death three years ago. See http://callumfairhurst.com.
Since Callum had never rowed, had no coaching and had never been in a boat, club President Chris Parkhouse organised support and coaching for the event day. Two ergs were set up at the Grafton Centre so that a Robs member could row alongside Callum throughout his challenge. Volunteering for 30 minute slots, Chris helped Callum at the start, followed by Vice Captain Brett, men’s squad member Ondrej, Entries Secretary Enya, men’s squad member Edward, Membership Secretary Matt, Captain Simon and Curly Galbraith, who was there all day encouraging Callum.
The BBC and local papers covered the event all day and, as well as helping Callum, RRBC got extensive media coverage.
Afterwards, Callum’s family said they were very grateful for Rob Roy Boat Club’s support. The consistent pace (of around 10km per hour) set by our club members and camaraderie during the challenge were crucial factors to a successful outcome.
Callum’s charity row raised £6,000