What is Rowing for Research?
Rowing for Research is a brand new virtual rowing challenge from Alzheimer's Research UK. We're challenging you to row a distance of your choice and raise £200 for cutting-edge dementia research.
Rowing for Research runs from 1 October to 28 February and you can complete your challenge in any way throughout this time.
If you raise £200 you’ll receive an exclusive Rowing for Research medal!
By taking on this challenge for the UK’s leading dementia research charity, you’ll be helping to make breakthroughs possible in dementia research for the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and their families.
How does it work?
- Register to take part in Rowing for Research.
- Follow the steps to create a Rowing for Research JustGiving page, where people can view your progress and sponsor you.
- Add your rowing activities manually on to your fundraising page.
- Make sure you track or log every activity you do, otherwise it won't be counted towards your total.
- Get rowing! If you're looking for inspiration and motivation during your challenge, check out our #TeamARUK Rowing for Research Facebook page, or get in touch to tell us your own story!
- Check your progress on the leaderboards and see how you or your team compare!
What distance do I need to cover?
You pick the distance! But just make sure it's going to be a challenge for you, and people will be keen to sponsor you! Check our homepage for some suggested distances, plus you can always choose a distance to honour a milestone birthday, or cover the equivalent distance between two places that are special to you.
Can I change my challenge target?
Yes, simply log into your JustGiving account to change your target.
Can we take part as a team?
Yes! A team can be anyone you like: friends, family, work colleagues or your rowing club. When you register, you can create a team or join one if it’s already been set up. If you’re in charge of setting up the team, follow these simple steps:
- Create a name for your team while you’re registering.
- Once you’ve finished your registration and have set up your own team page, use the “Invite Members” button on your team page to send email invitations.
- If someone else has set up the team, just search for the team name when you’re registering and you’ll be automatically connected once you complete your registration.
How can I share my challenge with the media?
Sharing your story is a great way to raise awareness of your challenge, Rowing for Research and Alzheimer’s Research UK more widely!
If you have been affected by dementia or are taking on your challenge in an interesting or different way, the press may be interested.
We have an easy to use press release and guide available. If you need support with this then please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I hit my fundraising target?
When you sign up to Rowing for Research an online fundraising page will be automatically created for you with a target of £200 (but you can increase this if you like!).
To make the most of your page, we recommend you:
- Add a photo – so everyone can see your face!
- Set a target – we know that pages with targets raise more.
- Complete the ‘About me’ section – tell people why you’re challenging yourself for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
- Share your page – as far and as wide as you can using email and social media.
- Update – keep updating your page and sharing it throughout your challenge.
How do I meet other people taking part in Rowing for Research?
Join our Rowing for Research Facebook group to meet other people who are passionate about dementia research.
Do I have to row the distance in one go?
Absolutely not! You can do it your own way – whether that's across the full two months or in a time that suits you. As long as you track all your activity you can complete the challenge however you choose.
How do I get a medal/tshirt?
At the end of the challenge we be in touch with how you can get your medal.
You can buy an Alzheimer's Research UK t-shirt here.
I’m not a rower – can I still take part?
Of course! This is a perfect way to try something new - don't forget you can complete the challenge on an indoor rowing machine, out on the water, or even on a paddleboard, a kayak, a canoe - tailor it to your ability and your interests!
Where will the money I raise be used?
Money raised from Rowing for Research will support Alzheimer's Research UK's world class research, including treatments, preventions and ultimately a cure for the diseases that cause dementia.
Your donations will help pay for state-of-the-art equipment and will fund research at every level, from PhD Studentships to Major Projects. The money raised during Rowing for Research may also contribute towards one of our big research initiatives or awareness campaigns.
I don’t have a smartphone or a device capable of tracking my activity, can I still take part?
Yes! You can still set up your fundraising page and add rows manually within JustGiving.
What is JustGiving?
JustGiving is the platform that's the home of our Rowing for Research website and fundraising pages. We've been working with JustGiving for a number of years on our virtual events.
What is Alzheimer's Research UK's relationship with Garmin?
We're pleased to announce that Garmin has become the official sponsor of our sporting events for the next three years, which also includes Rowing for Research. We will work together to help reduce people’s risk of developing dementia by encouraging them to make positive lifestyle changes. Garmin will also offer our Top Fundraiser a prize!
Who is Frank Rothwell and how is he connected to Alzheimer’s Research UK?
At 70 years old, Frank Rothwell will be taking on the biggest challenge of his life next month.
He’ll be rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, solo. To prepare for the months he’ll spend out to sea alone, Frank has undergone hundreds of hours of gruelling training on his 24-foot long ocean rowing boat.
Frank’s goal is to raise £1 million for dementia research. To help him get there, Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation will be generously doubling all donations made, up to £500,000.
“Reaching this magnificent fundraising target for Alzheimer’s Research UK will make the time spent away from friends and family completely worth it! If we keep fundraising and donating towards groundbreaking research, I feel positive we will find a cure for dementia.”
So, if you’re unable to fundraise this winter but would still like to contribute to our research, please consider donating to Frank Rothwell’s JustGiving page and help him reach this oar-some target!