Meet Linda one of our fundraising heroes who undertook an epic rowing adventure in Tasmania February 2017 to raise awareness and vital funds for the centre.
A massive thank you to supporters from the returning row raider. With gift aid supporters have smashed my fundraising target currently sitting at £2,957.50!
I have returned safely from the TN17 boat expedition having completed a row of 238km! I have just caught up with sleep now. There were tough seas, calm hot days with heat exhaustion, steep learning curves, sea eagles and dolphins and many excited communities cheering us on as we passed through.
The people of Tasmania were always warm and inviting and fantastic to have spent time with people in the south seas with such boat expertise and coordinating the Raid of wooden boats many like our St Ayles Skiffs built by their owners. Our chef command Martin Riddle previously ran scientific expeditions to the Antarctic, so we were pushed and encouraged in equal measure, facing some big breaking swell but our Scottish coastal rowing St Ayles skiffs handled beautifully! A few boat capsized on the first day, but safe to say, the rowers and the safety team stayed mainly dry.
We rowed along side the tall ships in the parade of sail starting the wooden boat festival and were cheered by thousands as our small boats and a very dirty crew at this stage sang a sea shanty for the crowds watching us dock in the harbour in the city of Hobart part of a spectacular array of hundreds of boats. Some travelled across the world to be there at the same time.
I am incredibly proud of the generousity of the community here in Dunbar and so many friends so many I haven’t even met who have made the fundraising such a success so far. The funds donated stands as a tribute to how many people are in need of such an invaluable service here for everyone in the Lothian’s and beyond and the incredible team from Rape Crisis who strives every day to be there to support survivors to do just that, survive and advocate change.
Read more about Linda’s journey here:
Charity row in Tasmania for Scottish rape crisis centre Tasmania Examiner
Oar-mighty effort! Dunbar woman Linda Greig completes mega row in Tasmania East Lothian Courier