The Great River Race
Members and friends of The London Circle, a collective within The Circle, will be rowing the Great River Race in September to raise funds for The Circle to go towards supporting the Nonceba Family Counselling Centre in South Africa. They will be completing this challenge in a dragon boat, a skill new to the entire team, who will be training 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 will surely be a challenge. Although some are experienced rowers, none of them have ever paddled a dragon boat before and regardless of ability, they will all be pushing themselves for a fantastic cause.
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.
When? 14 September
Where? London Docklands