The Great River Race
Members and friends of The London Circle, a collective within The Circle, rowed the Great River Race on 14 September to raise funds for The Circle that will towards supporting the Nonceba Family Counselling Centre in South Africa. They completed this challenge in a dragon boat, a skill new to the entire team, who trained incredibly hard over the coming months.
The Great River Race is London’s River Marathon, a spectacular boat race along the River Thames that attracts over 330 crews from across the globe.
For the seventeen women who are taking part, this was a challenge. Although some are experienced rowers, none of them had ever paddled a dragon boat before and regardless of ability, they all pushed themselves for a fantastic cause. I know everyone at The Circle found it incredibly motivating and inspirational to watch the team through their training and their fundraising.
The London Circle have chosen on this occasion to fundraise in support of The Nonceba Family Counselling Centre. The Nonceba Centre is located in Khayelitsha, a township outside Cape Town, which has a high level of overcrowding and poverty. The Centre aims to prevent violence through education, and offers early intervention services and treatment for severe cases of abuse. Nonceba has a shelter for women who have survived domestic violence or have been victims of human trafficking. Most women in the shelter are HIV positive, are struggling to access healthcare and have received limited education and training.
Ideally, women should stay at the centre for a year for the Nonceba programme to be fully effective, but the South African Social Development Department only provides funding for a three-month stay for each woman.
So far the team have raised a huge £20,000 for this project and we could not be prouder!