Germiston High School Rowing Club is a small dedicated group of mostly black children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who despite the odds, persevere and achieve excellent results. They are always struggling for funding, but were dealt a devastating blow yesterday ( 17 January 2019) when a severe storm destroyed their boatshed and most of their boats with it.
This disaster, coming in the middle of the season is a double blow. Without significant help from the rowing community they may never recover from this.
With the full support of Rowing South Africa (rowsa.co.za), I appeal to all in a position to assist to donate what you can to help with the rebuilding of this amazing club. The video here was made before the disaster and is even more relevant now.
In addition to the generous donation from RMB, also handed over at the Rock the Boat Regatta yesterday by the SA National Rowing Squad was a Philippe Double. A double that has also been a pair in an earlier life in which many of SA recent medalists have trained.
Rand Merchant Bank, SA Rowing's headline sponsor, and the Team Powerhouse Trust have both committed their support to the rebuilding project.
In addition the University of Cape Town has been in touch to donate 2 boats. I will post more details once I have them.
Roger Tobler, Tim Hutton and Philemon of Virtual Rowing have also donated a brand new single from their production facilities. I'm told the boat should be ready for the RMB VLC National Sprint Regatta to be held at Germiston Lake next weekend (26/27 Jan).
The response has been unbelievable. Please keep sharing this story. Their challenges only start with the rebuilding...
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