Eight brave members of the Anthology team took on the Great River Race known as 'London's Marathon on the River' on the 9th September. The 21 mile upriver row from the Docklands across to Ham is one of the many events part of the Totally Thames Festival. The Anthology team managed the distance in an impressive 3:10 hours, with Skipper Harry Wilmott leading the team and keeping spirits high.
In collaboration with the AHOY centre, the dedicated team of Anthologists raised an impressive £4,500 to help the watersports based charity continue the work it does across London. The charity, endorsed by the Mayor of London, works closely with disabled, disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to deliver life-changing training, courses and programmes to help everyone gain equal opportunities and life skills fundamental so that they can have a chance in life and a real future.
The Anthologists trained intensively in the lead up to the event at the expert training sessions provided by the team at the AHOY centre, which resides just a short distance from Anthology's Deptford Foundry development. On the day, the rowers were able to dig deep with their physical abilities and willpower to conquer the marathon on the water, whilst raising money for a great cause.
Mark Dickinson, Managing Director of Anthology, commented: "We were thrilled to be one of the 300 boats taking part in the Great River Race this year, and the team was very excited to be a part of such a renowned and successful event celebrating the River Thames. The dedication and hard work shown by all the team was immensely impressive – in both their fundraising and training efforts!
"The AHOY centre continues to provide excellent support and opportunities to young people who need it most, and we were honoured as a team to be a part of the fundraising efforts to support the centre to continue its work. Though the training was tough and the course itself difficult, we came out smiling, if not a bit soggy, with a fantastic £4,500 raised.”
Of the 300 boats on the water on the 9th September, the Anthology team came in 26th in the category. The team, which consisted of Project Executives through to the Managing Director himself, enjoyed the finish line party on the bank of the Thames, hosted by the AHOY team.
Clive Ongley MBE, AHOY’s Founder & CEO, commented: “We are very grateful for the wonderful support from Anthology and their valiant rowers as all the fundraising from our “Oarsome” rowing events bring in vital money to continue our charity’s work.
“We are passionate about helping people to succeed and for our young people to secure futures and careers they can be proud of.
“Through the support of teams such as the Anthology team, we can continue to help the disadvantaged & vulnerable young people who just need a chance in life. We would like to thank everyone involved – through their support they have now made it possible to change someone’s life.”
The Totally Thames Festival runs from the 1st - 30th September and incorporates an array of events and activities curated to celebrate the River Thames with a programme that 'inspires, connects and enthralls'. To find out more about the events on offer, visit: http://totallythames.org
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