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That's How We Row!

$22,251 of $100,000 goal
Given by 82 generous donors in around 5 months

"That's How We Row" aims to raise $100,000 for the NZ Heart Foundation and increase awareness about heart health and to promote wellbeing.

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Mark Taylor is leading this fundraising initiative after completing the Dans le Noir Harbor Swim last year and raising over $150,000 for the New Zealand Neurological Foundation. Mark, with the backing of Dempsey Wood, is back at it again to support NZ heart research and specialist training for NZ cardiologists.

With a neurological disorder affecting his mobility, vision and health, Mark initially struggled even to use the "erg" for training to do his swim. Two years later he is aiming to spend 8 hours in the seat, targeting 100km and $100,000 for the NZ Heart Foundation.

To support Mark, we have over ten teams from Dempsey Wood and some associated companies on the machines and providing physical and moral support, because... That's How We Row!

"That's How We Row" is a rowing challenge aimed at raising money for the NZ Heart Foundation and bringing awareness to heart health and promote wellbeing. Our Whānau has seen the effects of heart disease up close and is eager to reach the fundraising goal of $100,000.

Heart health hit close to home for Mark and Dempsey Wood in 2019 when one of our own experienced a heart attack on site. They are making a full recovery, thanks to the quick response of site staff and the care and attention of medical professionals but events such as this strike home. We need to consider the severity of heart health and this event has encouraged us to do more for the health of the ones we love.

Our teams of dedicated Whanau will be completing a 100km row on November 6th while at the same time sharing their inspirational stories and promoting weight loss and improved wellbeing. All proceeds will go directly to the NZ Heart Foundation.

Please help in any way you can. We will have multiple fundraising events over the next six months and encourage all the DW Whānau, their families and our wider community to get behind this great cause. Every 90 minutes a NZer dies from heart disease. Think about that and then give what you can afford. Ngā mihi.

Mark Taylor's involvement (page creator)

My family and friends have been impacted by heart disease and the health of our heart is something that we all need to take more seriously. I am organising an eight-hour rowing challenge to raise money and awareness around this great cause.

Latest update

Update - Week Four Training  1 September 2020

Posted by: Mark Taylor

Presently I can row 8.5km in one hour. This is well behind the required target of 12.5km per hour to meet the eight-hour time limit.

The rule of thumb for rowing is 70% leg drive and 30% pull with the upper body.

Considering all my rowing action is from the upper body, this effort is not too bad. Well, I think so anyhow.

However, there are approximately nine weeks of training left to improve on this effort and get closer to that target.

In other news, we hit $15,000! This is a great effort especially considering the uncertainty around the world. Thank you to everyone that has supported the event so far. If I can ask for one favour, it would be that you share this cause wide and far so that as many people hear about the challenge and have the opportunity to be involved.

Also, the great people at Dempsey Wood Civil have started a #DWPushupChallenge to support the cause. The aim is simple. Get people to sponsor you for each push up you do in September. Then do one set, once a day and punch out as many pushups as you can without stopping.

By the end of the month, you will feel the difference and the NZ Heart Foundation will benefit too!

So, join them and share your results on Facebook! #DWPushupChallenge

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Latest donations

Andrew 4 days ago
Good luck Sifa
Dave 4 days ago
Go Team Traffic
Lyndsay Davis
Lyndsay Davis 4 days ago
To a worthy cause
Michelle 5 days ago
Go team!!!!
Craig 5 days ago
Cash donations from Goodman Lunch

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