The members of Wolfson College Boat Club (Cambridge), recently organised a 24 hour ergathon to raise some much needed funds for their club, with 20% of the money being donated to local mental health charity, Cambridge, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind). Over 35 students took part, rowing 510km in 24 hours. Happy, although exhausted the club managed to raise £2,589 from students, friends and family, which was a fantastic achievement.
Martha McCarey and Matthew Yan, Fundraising Officers for Wolfson College Boat Club said, “Exercise has played a crucial role in our personal mental health and resilience. This may seem self-evident, but the link between mental health and exercise is not always evident to all, in an academic environment where mental illness affects a significant number of individuals. Rowing in particular requires shared commitment but also creates strong social bonds while promoting excellent all-round fitness and health. We thought the ergathon would be an ideal way to raise awareness on this issue.”
Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for CPSL Mind said, “We were delighted when Wolfson College Boat Club chose us as their charity to support. It’s well documented that physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety and it is one of the five ways to wellbeing. The team did an amazing job to row so far in 24 hours and we are extremely grateful for their support”.
If you too would like to fundraise for Mind in Cambridgeshire please contact Zoe Doherty – firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07824 360 349.