Pirate boat Sweet Charity (Pickering Rotary Club)

Wed, Feb 7th 2018 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hugh Morgan and David Capes from Pickering Rotary Club describe their fun and fundraising project.
Reception : Doug Johnson and Kavita
Host and Grace : Richard Creasey
Vote of thanks & report for publishing : Venkatesh

Presentation by Pickering Rotary Club 'Sweet Charity' challenge

7 February 2018

Pickering Rotary Club – Sweet Charity Fund raiser presentation

How did it all start?

It all started one day in 1974 when three friends took part in a regatta in Venice in ‘mascarete’ boats. It was a non-competitive rowing event as a form of protest against the deterioration of the city and the adverse effects of wave motion caused by motor traffic in the lagoon. It has morphed into a charity fund raising ‘race’ over a 30km course - an annual event called the Vogalonga.along the canals through the most pleasant and charming places in the lagoon,

Pickering Rotary were introduced to the event by their youngest Rotarian Luke; a project team was put together.  They found and restored a dilapidated cobble and converted it into a ‘pirate ship’ which rowed successfully in Mid May 2016 round the Vogalonga.

Objectives achieved!

  • Raise money for charity. (Marie Curie £13,000 and Rotary charities £14,500)
  • Raise the profile of Rotary in general and Pickering Rotary club specifically.
  • Involve the whole club including wives and partners.
  • Have a lot of fun on the journey. 


To see full presentation a pdf click HERE

A little bit of background. I was the Project Leader and David was the Rowing Manager. The whole project covered nearly 2 years from the initial start to the final presentations on the River Ouse in York. All of our wives and partners were involved. There was a lot of laughs on the way and of course a considerable amount of  Prosecco, red wine and beer were consumed to keep the show on the road.

Hugh Morgan

President 2017-2018

Pickering And District Rotary Club

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