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Students launch oarsome charity effort this Easter

Students are spending the bank holiday weekend helping to raise cash for a mental health charity by challenging themselves to a virtual rowing regatta.

Organised by DMU Rowing Society, the event runs all over Easter and anyone can join in, with money raised going towards MIND, which provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.


Everyone signed up commits to run either 2.5k or 5km at home and record it on Strava, which can track distance run. They can pay £5 to enter any players have encouraged housemates, friends and family to get involved as well.

The club has also worked with Mind on charity T-shirts and caps to support the cause with money going towards providing mental health services.

DMU Rowing teamed up with virtual run site Race the Distance so competitors could pace themselves against fellow team members and other entrants.  You can follow their progress on Instagram on @lockdownregatta2020 and donate to the cause on their Just Giving page.

Architecture student Abigail Watson is chair of the rowing club. She said: “We know as students that mental health is so important right now. We all probably know somebody who is struggling or we may have struggled ourselves, so it was a cause close to our hearts.”

Posted on Friday 2nd April 2021

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