This comes at a time when the Club's 2004 Ford F450 Superduty Dually truck is in the shop, suffering long-term effects from the joyride that someone took it on in April. The truck was recovered abandoned near Arden five days after it was discovered missing. While the obvious damage to the steering column was fixed, our beloved truck can no longer haul the trailer for our competitors (or the rubber chicken...).
As a non-profit organization, KRC is focussed on keeping costs low so that the sport is as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to try rowing. KRC is also home to the Queen's University rowing team and between the two, many rowers have gone on to compete nationally and internationally. One-quarter of the Canadian men's team from the Rio Olympics got their start through the Kingston Club.
We know we have a treasure at the foot of Cataraqui Street - and we want to be able to continue providing opportunities for future recreational and competitive rowers.
Yes, we have insurance for our boats and truck - but it's not enough to be able to replace what we had. On the books, a 2004 Ford F450 Superduty Dually isn't worth what it means to our young rowers as it delivers their boats to Henley Island.
Your donations will help KRC with its capital costs (truck repairs/replacement, boat upgrades, and if we're able to raise enough - and to be as frugal as possible - it may even help contribute to a new roof for the boathouse.) But those are the mechanics of what you'd be contributing to - in reality, you'd be helping spark a passion in some incredible young people as they chase their rowing dream.