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UCBC “ergathon” for Mind

UCBC ErgathonStarting Saturday 16 November, UCBC will be swapping the water for dry land as they erg for 24 hours in order to raise money for the mental health charity Mind. Two ergs will be set up in Radcliffe Quad and members of UCBC, along with a number of other sports teams’ members and students, will keep them moving from 11am on Saturday, all through the night (moving indoors to Univ’s gym), until 11am on Sunday morning. Doors to the High will be opened up during the day to drum up more support from the public and UCBC hope as many members of Univ as possible will come down to support this tremendous and, of course, donate.

Further details can be found on the event’s Facebook page

Or donate directly at justgiving.com

Why Mind?

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any one year. Oxfordshire Mind helps over 20,000 people with mental health challenges every year. They promote good mental health through the provision of high quality services and campaigning for positive change. Their services include housing, talking therapies, benefits advice, a confidential and free information line, courses (such as ‘practical ways to wellbeing’), physical activity programmes, volunteering opportunities, and they facilitate over 60 peer-support groups each week.

Rowing Together for Healthy Minds was started in memory of René Zamudio, who rowed with Bristol Uni and Imperial College Boat Clubs. We want to support the RTHM Campaign to:

  • Change the attitudes towards the stigma that exists surrounding mental health
  • Encourage people, mostly students, to feel comfortable talking about mental health.
  • Make it easier for people to identify and approach others who are suffering in silence

UCBC and the other fantastic volunteer “ergers” are aiming for donations totalling £2000 (2000m is the distance of a normal rowing machine test for rowers) – please donate now at justgiving.com

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