A donation of £5,000 from Scottish Sea Farms has helped Orkney Rowing Club get its fundraising efforts off to a great start. The club wants to raise a total of £40,000 to purchase additional boats and equipment for the rowers and this initial Heart of The Community grant is the first example of support from local business.
The club wish to purchase boats, namely a Shetland Yoal and two St Ayles Skiffs and the associated equipment, including sea safety and communication equipment and equipment to transport the boats.
The club’s purpose is to establish and grow the sport of rowing in Orkney and to encourage as many people as possible to take part regardless of age or ability.
Gillian Skuse, committee member, Orkney Rowing Club, said: “This initial cash support from Scottish Sea Farms has been a fantastic boost to us and now we are totally focused on raising the rest of the cash to purchase our new boats. We are hopeful that this generosity will encourage more businesses and locals to help us with our appeal.”
Richard Darbyshire, Regional Production Manager, Scottish Sea Farms, said: “Lots of local people get involved with sea based activities here and the Orkney Rowing Club does a great job in encouraging the community to get active and enjoy the sea. Safety and knowledge on the water is invaluable when living in Orkney and we were delighted to give the club their first boost to the fundraising appeal.”