Mississippi Million Challenge reaches its conclusion in New Orleans
25 October 2014
For the last three months, Olympic rower and Chairman of Right To Play UK, John Pritchard, and other crew members have been rowing the Mississippi River - in hand-crafted Victorian skiffs - to raise $1 million for Right To Play.
The challenge of rowing approximately 35 miles per day for nearly three months began on 2nd August in Lake Itasca, Minnesota. Today they have completed their 2,320 mile journey and reached their final destination of New Orleans.
The Mississippi Million challenge was inspired by a little boy from Ghana named Richmond. Pritchard was visiting Right To Play programmes at the Three Kings School for children with learning and physical disabilities in Battor, when the lively young boy caught his attention.
"I noticed Richmond on the edge of the playing field. He had Down's syndrome and at ten-years-old - the same age as my son - he was half the size of the other boys," says John. "His personality is what really shone through. We struck up a friendship immediately and as he sat on my knee with his arms around my neck, I realised how much love and support this exceptional young boy needed. He made me realise I have a duty to try and do something that will make a change for children like him."
John decided on the Mississippi Million challenge. John and his fellow team-mates have raised over $600,000 to date. Thank you so much for everyone who took part in the challenge and for everyone who has made a donation.