Thornycroft, Faber in 24-hour worldwide rowing fundraiser

HARARE - Zimbabwe rowing star Micheen Thornycroft and Peterhouse schoolboy Murray Faber on Friday joined the rest of the world in a 24-hour worldwide rowing challenge to highlight the need for early childhood development in Africa.

The initiative, expected to raise £250 000, was kick-started by the Ubunye Challenge on October 31 with the proceeds expected to bankroll educational projects in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The aim of the project is to support communities in some of the poorest and most underdeveloped rural areas of South Africa and Zimbabwe by raising awareness through extreme sport endurance events.

The rowing challenge, which is part of a series of events kicked off Friday afternoon at 1pm in different centres around the globe and finished on Saturday.

Thornycroft and Faber rowed at Harare’s Innovate High Performance Centre.

One of the notables names in the event was Leven Brown, three time ocean rowing Guinness World Record holder and the Atlantic Rowing crew’s skipper.

The Ubunye team, which was made up of three rowers from London and two from Johannesburg, hopes the global event will attract the next generation of rowers.

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