City of London Pulls Together for Big Charity Row


  • Date: 05/06/2013
  • 2,000 people
  • Rowing 1,000,000 metres
  • Raising £1 million to create a medical clinic ship on Lake Malawi, Africa
  • Major City event in September

Spitalfields market will be transformed on the evening of 11th September 2013 when 100 teams making up 2,000 rowers will row 1 million metres in The Big Row (www.TheBigRow.org ). This major City event is raising money for the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust (www.chauncymaples.org ) a charity created to renovate the ship Chauncy Maples on Lake Malawi and bring vital healthcare to a country that has only 250 doctors for its entire population of 16 million.

The Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust and main sponsor, Thomas Miller an international provider of insurance, professional and investment services, have invited City firms to enter teams of between 10 and 20 to take part. Commitments for over 30 teams have been received by a wide range of City businesses demonstrating the event is already gaining momentum. Thomas Miller has led the City, including lawyers, engineers, insurers and brokers in raising over £1.5m and the Big Row aims to raise the last £1,000,000 to complete the renovation.

Well known sporting stars and other celebrities will attend the event and prizes will be awarded for the fastest crews, best in class (lawyers, accountants), best outfits and lots more. A number of high profile celebrities have already given their support to the launch.

Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “The UK’s maritime sector is the architect of our Nation’s success, and I am delighted that many of the industry’s leading lights are supporting the renovation of Chauncy Maples into a floating health clinic for the villages around Lake Malawi.  This innovative and ingenious project will provide remote communities with essential medical care.  Thomas Miller and all the business-supporters of Chauncy Maples are making an important and extremely effective contribution – an excellent example of Corporate Social Responsibility.  The Big Row will complete the Chauncy Maples fundraising project and I urge every robust rower to participate!”

Sir Matthew Pinsent, CBE, patron of the Big Row said: “We need to raise £1,000,000 to complete the renovation. So please dig deep to help the crews hit their target. If we pull together, we can make a big difference.”

 Angela Rippon, OBE, patron of the Big Row said: ““Chauncy Maples will provide vital healthcare for 200 hard-to-reach lakeside villagers a day, and  sponsorship of The Big Row will help make that happen.”

Hugo Wynn-Williams, Chairman of Thomas Miller said: “We have already had tremendous support from our City community and are really looking forward to what should prove to be a fantastic event. The Big Row represents a fun way of competing for a great cause in one of the City’s iconic landmarks.”

The event is also supported by the Honourable Jeffrey Evans (Sheriff of the City of London, Admiral Lord West of Spithead, the Right Reverend Donald Arden (nephew of the original engineer who supervised the reassembly of Chauncy Maples in Malawi in 1900), Ben Hunt-Davis, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, and the High Commissioner of Malawi. Those wishing to enter teams should contact TheBigRow@Thomasmiller.com or call 020 7204 2356.

The Big Row is one of the events taking place during London International Shipping Week (www.londoninternationalshippingweek.com).

Read the full Press Release here

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