NewsMK Rowing Club has received a huge amount of support from the MK Community Foundation over the last year, which has enabled the Club to purchase much needed equipment to accommodate the increase in membership.
There was an unprecedented interest in the sport of rowing following the London Olympics 2012 and the Club’s LTR courses were hugely popular. Grants from the Foundation allowed the purchase of new seats and oars for existing boats which were needed in order to ensure that there was enough equipment to get the new rowers out on the water and enjoying rowing.
The set of eight oars were used by the Novice Men’s crew who rowed at the Veteran’s Head of the River Race on the Thames along the legendary Oxford / Cambridge boat race course. The crew was made up largely of men who had only recently learnt to row and they came an incredible 14th out of 208 crews!
The Club’s latest fundraising project to raise £10,000 for a second hand women’s eight boat has also largely been funded by the Community Foundation. £5000 has been awarded through a Community Grant, £1192 through the Women’s Philanthropy Circle Fundraising Event, £1000 through the Local Giving as well as other money raised through the Community Car Raffle. The rest of the funds were raised by MK Rowing Club’s members who ran the MK Half Marathon while carrying a boat covered in business sponsors logos!