In the absence of GLR’s annual major 2020 fundraiser, the Spring Erg-a-thon, which like so many events was cancelled due to Covid-19, our year-end funds are in substantial shortfall. These funds not only subsidize the fees for what is still proudly one of the most successful and most affordable youth rowing programs in the whole of New England, they also go towards supporting the purchase & maintenance of equipment, plus the day-to-day Boathouse operations upon which we rely to keep our athletes on the water.
The ‘relentless’ athletes & coaches of GLR have come up with a way to replace these much-needed funds lost in the Spring and to support the Boating Program’s Covid-19 Appeal. We’re taking out every boat we can possibly use on the last weekend of the Fall season and rowing them as far down the Merrimack River as is humanly possible and back again. Over 20 kilometers in total. Because we currently have over 90 athletes in the GLR Youth Programs, and only half that number of seats in shells available at the one time, athletes also have the option of rowing their 20,000m on an Erg. ‘The Mighty Mids’ (Middle School) and Novice athletes will cover a shorter distance of 10,000m, either on the water or on an Erg.
How Does It Work? Each GLR athlete seeks sponsorship for the kilometers they row (on-water or erg), up to a maximum of 20. E.g. $1 per km = a $20 sponsorship. The more sponsors – the better! Friends, family, neighbors and businesses – every single dollar is greatly appreciated! To generously sponsor an athlete, simply pledge your total sponsorship right here. It’s important that sponsors note the name of the athlete they are supporting when completing their GoFundMe Charity pledge because the athlete who raises the most money wins a $250 GLR Merch Voucher to use as they wish on JL Racing or Prime Time Sports Nike gear! There’s a $250 Merch prize for top girls’ fundraiser and a $250 Merch prize for top boys’ fundraiser.
Fundraising Window: Tuesday Oct 27 – Sunday Nov 8th 2020
Varsity On-Water 20k Row: 1-4pm Sunday November 1st
Novice & Middle School Athletes: TBA
Fundraising Target: The cancelled Spring Ergathon typically raises between $18,000 and $20,000. If each athlete is able to help raise at least $200 each through sponsorships, we will achieve our target. Maybe, just maybe, we can beat the target.
Fundraising deadline is 11:59pm, Sunday Nov 8th. GLR Merch Voucher Winners will be announced on Monday Nov 9th via Instagram.
Let’s GO GLR!