The 'Big Row' is raising funds for the restoration of Africa's oldest motor ship, 'MV Chauncy Maples', as a clinic-ship able to get to villages on Lake Malawi where there are currently no roads and access to health services. The qualified team will deliver primary health services such as prevention and treatment for bilharzia, malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS; child immunisation; reproductive health care and nutritional programmes.
The event will feature 100 crews from around the world who will row 1,000,000 metres to raise £1,000,000. This will enable the charity Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust to complete the renovation of the ship.
Malawi is one of the ten poorest nations in the world, where:
• The average life expectancy is 50 years.
• 78% of the population live in poverty.
• The under-five death rate is 30 times worse than that in Europe or America.
• 250 doctors serve 15 million people (in the UK, we have 44,000 doctors serving the same population).
The Big Row will take place from 5.30 to 10pm on Wednesday 11th September in Spitalfields Traders Market. The market stalls will be removed and the area will be transformed for the evening.
More information at: http://www.thebigrow.org/home/index.php