Rowing club seeks business help to boost regatta

May 11, 2019

ROWERS at Milton Keynes Rowing Club are appealing for help from the business community as they prepare for the club’s annual regatta on Caldecotte Lake.

Members have spent the past six years fundraising for a £90,000 project to build a large boat storage unit. The unit is now built but the club now urgently needs to raise funds for a new pontoon for its regatta in September.

And they are turning to businesses in Milton Keynes and beyond to help them out in return for publicity.

The annual regatta – the club’s most important event of the year – has taken place since 2010 and features a day of races watched by hundreds of spectators lining the banks of the lake. The event plays a valuable part in encouraging new members to take up the sport.

This year, however, the club have met with a problem in the planning stages – the pontoon that it usually borrows is not available for this year’s event. And that means urgent fundraising, says club chair Lou Rivett.

The additional pontoon is needed to accommodate the number of competitors expected from clubs around the region and further afield. Without it, the regatta will have to be scaled down and competitors turned away.

“The members have worked tirelessly to raise funds for the boatshed for the last few years which has been a more ambitious project that we ever expected,” said Lou. “As you can imagine, our funds have been directed towards this for so long now that we do not have readily available funds for such an urgent but essential purchase.

“We need to invest in this for this and future regattas as well as for the longer-term benefit of the club, to support the growing interest in our Learn to Row courses. We hope that being able to boat without queuing for pontoon space will lead to more people regularly participating in an activity which has known benefits to health and wellbeing.’

Milton Keynes Rowing Club is interested in hearing from businesses willing to donate funds towards the project in return for publicity at the regatta. They also run a corporate team day. For more information email chair@mkrowing.org

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