Row Britannia! Britannia Row’s the Waves!

By Charlie Merrett

Brunel Rowing Club took part in a 24-hour rowing challenge last week in an effort to join in Row Britannia’s target of raising money for Sport Relief.

The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) have created a fun and physical challenge to collectively row 2,020 miles in order to get people active and raise positive awareness for mental health.

Students from across the country have flooded to their local row machines, with Brunel playing their part, setting the target to £3,000.

A 2016 survey showed that at least 39% of students were suffering from severe mental health issues. Row Britannia’s idea is to promote mental wellbeing and physical fitness while also bringing people together to discuss these issues in a safe environment.

Brunel student David Agaj, 22, told of the simplicity of the challenge. “Anyone can do it. All you have to do is go to the Brunel gym, get on the Row machine and go as far as you can. Take a photo of the mileage and show it to the gym reception to track it all for us.”

Fellow student Traci Ormondi, 21, said “It’s such an important cause. Mental health has become such a taboo subject!  We need to be doing more to tackle the stigma and to help people suffering. Let’s be honest lots of us have suffered in one way or another even if its just the stress of uni deadlines!”

The event is taking place until 6th June 2020. So, whether you’re rowing or supporting, let’s help Brunel fund such vital work to aid the struggle of mental health. By getting fit at the same time, it’s truly beneficial for everyone.

Don’t forget you can also donate to the JustGiving page. Brunel have raised £445 so far (only 14% of our combined target) – every little helps!

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