The Applecross Boatpull Team has kicked off this year's fundraising efforts with £1,000 from Scottish Sea Farms, which will go towards the team's accommodation and expenses as they complete this year's boat pull in Islay. The Boatpull team has previously pushed a lifeboat 650 miles throughout the Scottish Highlands and Islands raising in excess o £175k for Portree, Oban, Stornoway, Kyle, Lochinver and Wick Lifeboat Stations, as well as for CHAS and Highland Hospice.
This year the team plan to push the mock lifeboat, named "chomraich", 50 miles around Islay over three days - 22, 23 and 24 May. The ten members of the team will share the effort with four people pushing the boat at any one time, covering around 18 miles each day. Alfie Edwards from Applecross Boatpull Team, said: "This money really helps us get the event off to a flying start. With our expenses covered we can concentrate on raising money for the charities."
Rory Conn, Commercial Sales Manager, Scottish Sea Farms, said: "The Boatpull has become something of an institution over the past 13 years and it is great that our Heart of The Community fund can assist the team in their fundraising efforts. We hope lots of people will turn out to cheer the guys on." The charities set to benefit from this year's event are Islay and Portree Lifeboat Stations, Highland Hospice and CHAS.
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