#RowinaGarage for Charities supporting the NHS

The 2,000 mile #RowinaGarage for Charities supporting the NHS & NWP2021
NWP2021 is a team of adventurers, explorers, river and ocean rowers hoping to row the Northwest Passage in 2021, the Arctic route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Whilst the team continues to be focused on the expedition, in the last few months the world has been turned on its head by the emergence of Covid 19 and perspectives have changed.
A number of the NWP team are medics on the frontline in the global battle against Covid 19 and the whole team wanted to do its bit to support them and the wider medical community in this fight. We are in this together.
So, on 4th May the team will start a 2,000 mile #RowinaGarage Challenge in support of those charities that support the NHS in the community providing support with mental health, stroke, cancer and end of life care; and the NWP2021 Expedition.
The Challenge 

Phil Kite, a member of the team will be aiming to row on a Concept 2 in his garage for 12 hours per day, in shifts of 2 hours on 2 hours off. Together with other members of the NWP crew, who between them will row the remaining 12 hours each day, the team will be looking to row 2,000 miles (3,200km) in 10 days. This is the distance they expect to row for real next year when they hope to be the first team to successfully row the Northwest Passage.
Talking about the challenge Phil said: 
“At the end of last year, after I had rowed the Atlantic with Team Tyne Innovation , I signed up to Leven’s Browns expedition to row the Arctic’s Northwest Passage in 2021 (nwp2021.com)
We were planning on being the first expedition to successfully row the 2,000 mile route in a single season and in doing so we also wanted to report on the environment we encountered, the weather, ice and wildlife.

We had been looking for sponsors and supporters to help us follow in the foots steps of that small band of adventurers and explorers who have completed world firsts but in the last few months the world has been turned on its head by of COVID 19.
Whilst we are now more convinced than ever that the world needs an expedition like ours to follow, to get excited about and give us all hope of a better future, it is also the time to support the communities in which we live.
Many charities are now struggling to raise the funding that keeps them going as mass participation sponsored sporting events like the London Marathon are cancelled.  So as a team we would like to do our bit too help them.
Whilst most of the team are still working, some as medic’s, I am one of those on lockdown and so came up with the idea of the “2,000-mile #RowinaGarage” challenge in aid of those charities that support the National Health Service in the community. I will be on my rowing machine in the garage aiming to complete one shift of 12 hours each day, split into 6 x 2 hours sessions and 6 x 2 hour breaks. I expect to eat-sleep-row-repeat in the garage for at least 10 days and you can watch the event and my misery on a live video feed. My crew mates, located around the world, will together row the other 12 hours each day, fitting it in between their hours at work. We expect to complete 200 miles per day and row the 2,000-mile route in 10 days.
Our plan is also for the crew to hold daily Facebook live sessions talking about their live’s, what has driven them to join the expedition, and their hopes and aspirations for the future. You will hear from Leven Brown, the expedition leader and 5 x Guinness ocean rowing world record holder, and each of the other crew members that include Athletes, Marine Biologists, IT experts, Environmentalist, Medics, Marketing and Project Managers, all part of the NWP team. Men and women who have climbed mountains, walked the poles and rowed oceans".

When it comes to the money raised we will donate half to charities that support the NHS in the community but are currently struggling to find funding. 
The community charities we would like you to help us support are -

Mind - The coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on our mental health. Please donate today to help Mind protect, support, and save lives.

Stroke Association - Coronavirus is a crisis for everyone but the Stroke Association is determined that stroke survivors won't also experience a crisis in their recovery

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care - During the coronavirus emergency Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care charity remains operational  and is doing all it can to continue its cancer patient transport service.

St Oswald's Hospice - The Hospice needs your help. Donating will mean its staff and volunteers will be able to continue providing expert, outstanding care to those patients and families who need it.

These charities provide support with mental health, stroke, cancer and end of life care.

Please help us to raise money for these amazing charities supporting the NHS in the community and for the NWP 2021 expedition by donating what you can on our GoFundMe page and together let’s make a real difference and save lives”

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    • £50 
    • 31 mos
  • Anonymous
    • £50 
    • 32 mos
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    • £20 
    • 32 mos
  • Phil Kite
    • £100 
    • 32 mos
  • Anonymous
    • £50 
    • 32 mos
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Phil Kite
Osbaldeston Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne

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