The video Row Row Row for Charity! Retired Army Major Rows His Tiny Boat Dubbed ‘Tintanic’ To Benefit Hospice! shows a retired British army major paddling his tiny boat for charity. His goal is to raise money for hospice care and is rowing over 100 miles for it. His boat, named the “Tintanic”, is no bigger than a few feet, but this man is ready to take on the challenge.
The boat isn’t powered by any machinery, only rows. It has two floats on each side for balance all homemade made of corrugated iron.
80 year old Michael Stanley of the UK created his tiny boat during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says children from India inspired him to create the design of his boat.
The children used these tiny boats in the rivers near their homes to travel and he thought he could do the same for charity. The boats they used to make were using corrugated iron and Stanley took this a step further to make his. When lockdown came around, he put the boat together and now is ready to put it to the test. He is rowing in the UK’s Chichester Canal 2 miles a day until he reaches his goal of 100 miles.
Stanley may upgrade his boat after his current challenge to possible increase his next mile goal. Those watching the canal can spot him as he rows down once a day.
His inspiration was 100 year old captain Sir Tom Moore who used to take walks around his garden for charity. Moore raised $43 million this way! Michael Stanley started with his goal at $1000, but has already raised $15000 and plans to keep going.
All of his proceeds go to St. Wilfred’s Hospice to provide those with hospice care if they cannot afford it. The charity is very important to Stanley and he hopes that the money he raises can make a big difference to those in need. You can see Michael Stanley in the Chichester Canal with a little flag showing how many miles are left in his journey.
As of Oct 20, 2020 he still had about 56.5 miles to go. Who knows what challenge he’ll do next in his tiny boat? Those sea doo dealers better be on the lookout. More might follow in Stanley’s footsteps and make tiny boats for themselves.