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St Michaels Rowing Club members will complete a distance of 3,150km over the two days for Pieta House. St Michaels Rowing Club members will complete a distance of 3,150km over the two days for Pieta House.

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St Michaels Rowing Club members will complete a distance of 3,150km over the two days for Pieta House.

St Michael’s Rowing Club to complete a distance of 3,150km for Pieta House

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Tara Byrne

Over 75 rowers will be doing the challenge on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25.

Over 75 rowers will be doing the challenge on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25.

The members of St Michaels Rowing Club Limerick are taking part in a Marathon Fundraiser in aid of Pieta House Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. They are hoping to surpass their fundraising target of €2,000. So far, they have raised €1,605 of their goal. This event is done from the safety of the member’s own homes in order to comply with Covid-19 guidelines.

The coaches and rowers were looking for a challenge to mark coming out of lockdown and getting back rowing on the river in May. The club decided to turn the challenge into a fundraiser for Pieta. The fundraiser will take place over one weekend and will include over 75 St Michaels rowers. They will complete a distance of 3,150km.

Each rower will clock up a minimum of 42km (Marathon Distance) on rowing machines, running, walking/hiking or by cycling 84km. The club’s target is to cover over 3 Million Metres over one weekend.

Their younger junior crews (aged 12-15) will compete in relay teams to hit the 42km mark. Joining them in completing individual marathon distances will be their Junior 16-18s, Seniors, Recreational Squads and our Masters crews.

You can follow St Michael’s Rowing Club on their social media to follow their progress. They hope their members, supporters, local businesses and the public will help them to reach their goal. This is not a rowing club fundraiser, all funds raised are donated to Pieta House to support them in the amazing and vital work that they do.

Pieta’s vision is a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. By supporting Pieta House, you will help them to strive to make this a reality. Without the public’s support, Pieta House would not have been able to give hope to over 50,000 people since they first opened their doors in 2006. All of Pieta’s services (one-to-one counselling, 24-hour helpline, SBLO Service, Training and Education) are provided free of charge. This is only possible because of the generosity of the public.

Founded in 1901, St Michael’s Rowing Club is one of Ireland’s Premier Rowing Clubs, and caters for oarsmen and oarswomen from Junior 12 to the more experienced “Masters”, with members of all ages.  During the past three decades, the club has established itself as one of the major forces in Irish rowing by winning no less than 37 championships of all grades from Junior to Senior.   In 2007, the club won the covered Senior VIII “Big Pot” and became the first crew to bring the trophy to Limerick in 80 years.   Throughout the years, it has had members selected for international competitions including World Championships and Olympic Regattas, but the club is also proud of its non-competitive and less strenuous pleasure-rowing which takes place throughout the year.   New members are always welcome, both beginners and experienced, so please contact the captain at [email protected] or call 061 325 264.

Please help support St. Michael’s Rowing Club to reach their target and provide much-needed funds to Pieta House.

For more stories about St. Michael’s Rowing Club go HERE 

To donate to the cause go HERE 

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