Rowing to success

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By the University of Chester Events Society

On Thursday November 14, the University of Chester Events Society hosted the annual Row-a-thon which is held in the University’s CH1 Bar. The event had over 80 competitive participants who ‘rowed’ for over six hours on a rowing machine and all in aid of BBC Children in Need. The event is now in its seventh year and each year raises hundreds of pounds for Children in Need. This year’s event raised £234.  

Over 15 participating teams donated £10 to enter the competition, where teams were allocated a 15-minute time slot in order to see who could row the furthest. It was a closely contested event with the Men’s Lacrosse Team just pipping the Men’s Rowing team to victory by a mere 26 metres, with the Lacrosse Team rowing an incredible 5,026m in 15 minutes.

Cerys Williams, Social Secretary for the Events Society said: “It’s always so wonderful to see so many teams participating year after year, being brought together for such an amazing cause, and with such enthusiastic attitudes.

“Regardless of who wins, every team shows so much support and encouragement for their fellow team-mates, tirelessly cheering them on. As clichéd as it sounds… it genuinely is not all about the winning, it’s the taking part that counts, because every team can walk away knowing that they were able to contribute to such an amazing charity whilst having a bit of fun together.”

In addition to the Row-a-thon, the Chester Events Society also held a bake sale, and a raffle with great prizes kindly donated by local businesses.

Due to the fantastic fundraising efforts, the Chester Events Society were invited by the BBC to be a part of their BBC Children in Need North West broadcast, on Friday November 15.

Ffion Simpson, President of the Chester Events Society, said: “Appearing on the BBC Children in Need broadcast was amazing as it provided an opportunity for us to showcase what the students at the University of Chester had been doing to support this great charity, not just this year but over the last seven years.”

The Chester Events Society is committed to helping as many people as possible through their work and the events they undertake. They are committed to giving back to the community, and bringing people closer together, which is reflected in all the social and cultural events they deliver throughout the year, which are predominately for the general public.