The Boat Race Challenge

The 2018 Kafue Expedition features a team of four oarsmen and women from the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race crews. Each rower represents one of the four Boat Race clubs. Having spent years competing directly against each other, we are now working together to apply our skills on and off the water to make a big impact. As students of Oxford and Cambridge we recognise how important it is to use our access and facilities to find pioneering ways of tackling global issues.
Our vision for the Kafue Expedition is to help provide clean water for all and we are taking on this challenge to row almost 900km down the Kafue river in 14 days to raise £250,000 for Village Water, providing clean and sustainable water for the next 5 years while at the same time raising funds for the Kafue River & Rowing Centre – a joint venture between the WWF and World Rowing.

  • The four Boat Race clubs unite
  • Row through the heart of Zambia along the wild and beautiful Kafue River, which has never been attempted before
  • Navigating past crocodiles, hippos and elephants
  • More than 60km a day for 14 days (equivalent to 10 hours continuous rowing or 1.5 marathons a day)
  • Rowing through the second largest national park in Africa
  • Camping by the river
  • Using expedition designed rowing equipment
  • Streamed live on YouTube
  • Coaching young coaches/athletes from Southern Africa

Why clean water?

Clean water is the foundation for healthy and prosperous communities, yet nearly one billion people do not have access to it. This is equivalent to one in eight people on the planet!
Without clean water it is difficult to grow food, stay healthy, stay in school and keep working, which means the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim.
Unsafe water is linked to Diarrhoea, Cholera, Typhoid and Dysentery.Here are some of the facts:

  • 1 in 5 deaths are related to water borne diseases
  • WHO predicts that for one dollar spent on clean water, the economic return is between $3-$34
  • 443 million school days are lost to collecting water
  • Half of the worlds hospital beds are filled with water borne related diseases
  • Girls under 15 are twice as likely to fetch for water
  • 2/3 of sub-Saharan Africa rely on dirty water

The good news is that sustainable clean water can be provided by installing a well. The cost of a well is £5,000 and will sustain a community of 300 people. Our aim will be to install 20 new wells, which would change the lives of around 6000 people.

You can get involved and help us achieve our goals by Sponsoring a km and help us pull together.

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