Thank you to everyone who supported our Row4Malawi challenge – 560 kilometres were rowed and almost £1,000 was raised!

Students, families, and members of staff – mainly from King’s Ely Boat Club – took on the gruelling task of rowing 560 kilometres, which is the approximate length of Lake Malawi, continuously on erg machines in our Old Palace Gymnasium on Saturday (March 9th).

The intrepid team started at around 6am and they thought that the challenge would take them around 14 hours to complete. However, thanks to stellar efforts from more people than expected, they reached the 560-kilometre mark in 11 hours and 15 minutes!

Donations from participants’ family and friends, and other generous members of our school community, have raised £965 towards our campaign to raise £20,000 to build a new classroom at our link school in Malawi, through the Hope4Malawi charity.

Mollie Chamberlain, who was one of the main organisers of the challenge, said: “The middle of the day was pretty tough when only Year 13 students were available to row, but the support from families and friends was very much appreciated in the afternoon! This made the challenge a lot more enjoyable and quicker than expected. We have raised £965 so far and we are so grateful for everyone’s donations. Your generosity will have a lasting impact on the lives of children and their families in Malawi.”

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