Cycling and rowing for Indian orphanages

Photos by Ray Springall

Rotarians worked up a sweat on a hot day to raise money for Indian orphanages.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough joined forces with the Crown Spa Hotel for a bit of static cycling and rowing.

They were raising money for Stepping Stones, a local charity that has built, equipped and maintained a boys’ orphanage and a girls’ orphanage in West Bengal.

Rotarians, Inner Wheel members, U3A members and friends took turns on two static bikes and a rowing machine in the atrium of Sainsbury’s in 30-minute shifts.

As the fundraiser was on the same day as the royal wedding, the cyclists’ target was to cover the distance from Scarborough to Buckingham Palace - 400 km in six hours; they finished just 8km short.

The rowers’ target was the distance of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race - 6.8 km, which was achieved 11 times over.

Other Rotarians held sealed buckets for shoppers to contribute as they watched the cyclists and rowers.

The equipment was lent to the Rotarians by the hotel, which raised more money from gym members. The equipment was transported by Nigel Finnegan of Sinclairs.

With money still coming in, it is not yet known how much has been raised.

David Oliver, who chairs the club’s international committee, said: “Many thanks to Sainsbury’s and the Crown Spa Hotel who made it all possible”.