Rowing to raise funds for blind and visually impaired people in Dorset

Dorset Blind Association are seeking rowers and fitness fans to join them in Bournemouth Square on Friday 7th April, to carry out their Virtual Row Challenge.

Teams of 4-6 people will be competing to row 10,000 meters on a rowing machine quicker than any other team, while individuals can attempt to row the fastest 250 meters in Bournemouth.

Last year, Dorset Blind Association have managed to raise £2,000 through the rowing challenge with the help of teams from local businesses Nationwide, Van Guard Security Services, and Barclays.

This year, Virtual Row is being held on Friday 7th April at Bournemouth Town Centre with teams taking one hour slot from 9am to 6pm. The charity organization is seeking teams of up to 6 people from local companies and businesses to sign up and take on the 10,000 metre challenge, where participants will take it in shifts to row part of the overall distance faster than their competitors.

“This is a great team building activity for staff and is a great opportunity for businesses and companies to get involved with the community in Bournemouth Town Centre” – Helena Sinclair, the Events Fundraiser from Dorset Blind Association, talked about the benefit of this event – “We’re also asking our participants to raise more funds through sponsorship which could help us a lot in supporting blind and partially sighted people in the area”

Virtual Row challenge is not only opens for team from companies but also the public are more than welcome to take up the 250m rowing challenge onsite for small donation of £2. Prizes will be given to fastest teams and fastest individuals, who will be announced after the event.

Dorset Blind Association provides various services and practical help for blind and partially sighted people across the whole of Dorset where there are more than 30,000 people with sight loss. This number is predicted to increase every year and will reach 35,000 in 2020. This will cause an increase in demand for the charities services and support.

If you would like to take part or would like more information of Virtual Row challenge call 01202 712864 or email
This year, Dorset Blind Association has a busy fundraising events calendar with a huge variety of events. Fancy a day out for the family and car enthusiasts at Lulworth Castle Classic and Sports car show in May? Up for running for Bright for Night Sight in June? or even joining the DBA team and cycling from London to Paris in September? Contact the fundraising team for more information – 01202 712864.