Sydney University Boat Club (SUBC) legends and dual Olympians Matt Ryan and Sam Loch have raised close to $20,000 for the Leukemia Foundation after successfully breaking the world record for kilometres rowed in tandem in a 24 hour period on an erg machine.
With no international rowing commitments, Loch and Ryan – winners of six consecutive Kings Cups for NSW – decided to put their energy into raising some money for a special cause by completing a tandem 24 hour erg machine and smashed the previous world record in the process.
Loch and Ryan rowed 380.274 kilometres in 24 hours – amounting to 1:53.6 per 500m, smashing their predecessor’s record set by Stefan Verhoeven and Matthias Auer of Germany by 13.438km.
So far Ryan and Loch have managed to raise nearly $20,000 for The Leukaemia Foundation, made up of about $15,000 in online donations and about $4,000 thrown into collection buckets on the day. To add to the proceeds, 776BC Clothing ran a Pop-Up Shop at the record attempt and donated 10% of sales to the Leukemia Foundation.
With their original goal set at $10,000 not only have they shattered the world record, but they have managed to clear their donations target by a mile or two as well.
The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. The Foundation provides support services such as transport, ‘home-away-from-home’ accommodation and emotional support free of charge to patients and carers. They don’t receive on-going government funding and rely on the generosity of businesses and individuals who donate to the organisation, like Ryan and Loch.
If you would like to support Ryan and Loch, please donate to The Leukaemia Foundation by clicking here.
“Special thanks go to our corporate and technical support Eddie Jesus Sanchez Inostroza, Kate McKenzie-McHarg, Cameron Mckenzie-Mcharg, Hydralyte and Sam Quinlan,” said Loch.
“I just wanted to thank everyone for their support over the past 24 hours,” said Ryan.
“It wasn’t the easiest thing we have under taken but having such great support got us through. To the crew who stayed strong for the whole event, Samson Loch and I are forever grateful. Sorry if I have left anyone out.”
“On behalf of everyone at Sydney Uni Boat Club (SUBC) we would like to firstly congratulate both Sam and Matt on their fantastic achievement and say how proud we are of them,” said Chris Noel, SUBC Deputy President and Rowing Program Coordinator.
“To raise such an enormous amount of money for an amazing foundation and to set such a strong record is a wonderful achievement.”
New South Wales supporters will be encouraged to see two of our greatest ever Kings Cup rowers in great form and hopefully thinking of going around again for both the Kings Cup and national selection. Matt and Sam are two of the three NSW rowers (the third is Fergus Pragnell) who have won six consecutive King’s Cups.