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Reading rowing for the Earthquake Appeal

Release Date 15 November 2005

Debbie Flood using a rowing machineThe University of Reading Boat Club is taking part in a 300km rowathon in aid of the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal on Thursday 17 November. The club - along with Olympic Silver medallist Debbie Flood - aims to cover the distance on their rowing machines to raise money and awareness of those affected by the disaster in Pakistan and Pakistani-administered Kashmir. With the harsh winter quickly approaching, a winter tent is the biggest priority for the several million survivors who were left homeless when the earthquake destroyed whole towns and villages on 8 October this year. Costing just £121.43 each, the boat club hopes to shelter as many as possible. The 300km distance symbolises the distance from Islamabad to Kashmir, which is the worst affected area, and is set to be a tough challenge for the rowers. In a normal training week the club's seniors and novices row almost 100km on the water. Attempting it in one day will involve them working in shifts, with some seniors covering as much as 20km at a time. During the afternoon Debbie Flood, Olympic silver medallist and Reading graduate, will be along to lend her support. Con Sullivan, the boat club press officer, is hoping to see University members get right behind the event: "Rowing on the machine for an hour can be tedious and obviously extremely hard work. Survivors of this tragedy are desperate for help, so we want as many people as possible to turn up, cheer the rowers on and give as much as they can." The rowathon starts at 9am in Mojo's located in the University's student union and should finish at around 3pm, depending on the participants tiring limbs! End For more information about the rowathon, please contact Will robins: Tel: 07769 703 485

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