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Finn and Josh's Devizes to Westminster canoe race page

We are doing the Devizes to Westminster canoe race for Start With One International Inc because we want more people to have clean water to drink

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  • Team members: Other friends from school are also doing the race
  • Event: Devizes to westminster canoe race, 19 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Start With One International Inc

Charity Registration No. 274295514

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We are 2 seventeen year olds from Dauntsey’s School, namely Finn Smith and Josh Mallinson, and we are taking on the challenge of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race over the course of 4 days this Easter weekend. It is the biggest canoe race in the world and is a gruelling 125 miles with 77 portages (when you have to carry the kayak around the locks on the canal/river)

We will be part of a huge international race with hundreds of competitors who have been training relentlessly to complete this challenge. By attempting to do this outside of school, it has required a huge committment from us in both time and effort involving frequent very cold and wet late night training sessions in the dark !

We are keen to take this opportunity to raise money for those in dire need of help and we are supporting ‘Start With One - Kenya’. This is a superb charity which provides the poorest areas of places in Kenya (amongst many other countries) with clean water filtration systems, education and improved health care.

During our 4 day race we will have to be hand-fed by our (marvellous and valued!) support crews due to the contaminated canal water in which we will be paddling (which needless to say we have fallen in a lot during training!) Unfortunately, the canal water quality compares well with the water that those Kenyan families are actually having to drink daily.

We all need to try and make a difference to their health. 

Any support given will be enormously appreciated

Finn & Josh x

( this is a link to the charity in case you are interested startwithonekenya.org )

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