Over Easter weekend, A Social 6.1s Hamish Gordon and Tiger Beck, completed the International Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race.
So far, they have raised over £5,200 for the Rainbow Centre (Sri Lanka) which offers education to children who were affected by the 2004 tsunami. This money will pay for a new classroom, including furniture.
In the race, they finished 34th out of 90 boats which is very impressive given that they only started training in January. They completed the 125 mile distance in 21 hours and 15 minutes over four days. As well as canoeing, they also camped by the river bank and met fellow competitors. In the 17-mile sprint finish, they finished 1st place.
At Warden's Assembly, the boys were presented with the charity's special award (Outstanding Fundraising by Young People), something which is only given out once a year.
Hamish and Tiger should feel incredibly proud of their efforts. Thank you for all the generous donations. To support Tiger Beck and Hamish Gordon and to read the full story, please click here for the Just Giving page.
The Rainbow Centre sent this statement:
Every year the Rainbow Centre gives a special Youth Award to honour the outstanding support, dedication and compassion of young people to helping children in south west Sri Lanka living in extreme poverty. This year the award is going to two phenomenal fund-raisers, Hamish Gordon and Tiger Beck, who took on a vast challenge which will make a tangible difference to the lives of children at the Rainbow Centre. Thanks to their extraordinary efforts, a new and much needed classroom is to be built for the growing number of extremely underprivileged children coming to the Centre to study, receive medical care, food and loving support. The key aim of the Centre is to enable slum living children to access an education.
Hamish and Tiger’s challenge began in January 2017 when they decided to take part in the 125 mile International Devizes to Westminster Canoe race. Taking place over four days, this is known as one of the world’s most gruelling canoe races. When they started they did not even know how to keep the canoe upright. It was a challenge of dedication, determination, confidence and, ultimately, compassion. The hours of work, hardship, overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles cannot be underestimated. To date they have raised approximately £5,000. Hamish and Tiger’s achievement is truly exceptional and truly inspirational. The Rainbow Centre and all the hundreds of children who have benefitted from its support can never ever thank them enough.