Giving Tuesday 2018

An inspiring sports team will yet again test their resilience and stamina in a 24-hour rowathon to raise money for mental health awareness.

The juniors team at Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club has bravely decided to take on the challenge for Giving Tuesday 2018 and are hoping to smash last year’s raised total of £1,740.

They will be setting off on their challenge from 5pm on November 23rd and won’t stop until the next day at 5pm to raise money for Maidstone and MidKent Mind, a charity close to their hearts.

Speaking about the motivation behind the epic challenge, James Knight, the team’s coach, said:

“Think of a social issue such as domestic violence, social exclusion, bullying, or dealing with homophobia and it will be represented amongst our juniors somewhere and they will be dealing with the mental stress of the situations.”

James explained that the Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club is a community sports club run by volunteers that is inclusive to all, irrespective of background – another reason why raising funds for Mind is so meaningful.

James added:

“We try to provide a safe haven to escape troubles for a short while and we actively seek funding solutions for those not of the well-off stereotype. So when we asked our juniors what type of charity we should fundraise for, the overwhelming answer was mental health. I am determined to help raise as much as I can for MMK Mind so that they can raise suicide and mental health awareness and provide support to those at risk via their youth programmes.”

The challenge is particularly poignant for James as well, who said he was recently able to help a young man he saw standing dangerously on a flyover bridge.

Recalling the experience, he said: “I don’t know how but I was successful in getting him to climb back over to talk about what was going on. The backstory was not pleasant to hear but he seemed relieved just to tell someone. I didn’t say much, I just listened. A passing motorist who had worked out how to get up on the bridge then convinced the young man to have a lift home. I doubt I’ll ever know if the young man is OK but I hope he is, as although horrific, what he has to deal with is surmountable with the right support.”

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