The Sussex University men’s rugby team embarked on a 24 hour row that ran overnight from midday Thursday to raise money for Cancer Research.
The sporting effort was organised by John Behan and Guy Turok. They hope to raise money through an internet sponsorship page and a raffle.
The team chose the charity because they decided that a national organisation would be most appropriate for a student effort. John said: “People at university come from all over the country, but everybody knows Cancer Research and the work they do.”
As well as collecting some impressively tempting raffle prizes, the boys also set up a marquee and had laptops available so that passers-by could give money at the tap of a button. They also gave out free drinks having gained support from drinks retailer Red Bull.
The star raffle prize is a ticket for ten people to see London Saracens Rugby club at Wembley. Other locally funded prizes include two bikes donated by Belushi’s of Brighton, a one month free membership at LA Fitness and a variety of meals at local restaurants.
The raffle will run throughout the week, and tickets will be on sale for £1 in the students’ union bar, at Falmer House.
John, who took on the first of many rowing shifts, said: “Support has just snowballed, local companies have given us some great prizes.”
Each team member took on several sessions of twenty minutes to fill the 24 hours. Asked if he was nervous about his performance, John said: “Yes, but I’ve been more nervous about the organisation of the event. I’ve been losing sleep over it.”
One rower, Harry Munro said: “It will be hard work; we’re rowing on the highest level of resistance.” His team mate, Tom Nadin added that it was like “rowing through concrete.”
With the event taking place in Library Square, at the centre of the university, the boys received plenty of student encouragement. No doubt, after 24 hours of rowing shifts, the lads needed some cheer.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the team can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/SussexRugbycharityrow