Linacre House row over 1437km to raise money for Diversity House
The boys of Linacre House and their respective families, along with staff, spent the final weekend of the Autumn Term raising money for Diversity House by rowing the distance of the last and most historic of the 1961 Freedom Rides in the USA. Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated Southern United States in 1961 and subsequent years to challenge the non-enforcement of the United States Supreme Court decisions, which ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. The Freedom Rides led to the abolition of the Jim Crow laws in the South.
The boys were tasked with completing 874km, the distance of the first Freedom Ride from Nashville, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi and the whole Linacre community came together to smash the overall target of 1437km raising almost £2000 for Diversity House at the time of writing.
Diversity House is a local charity that supports socially disadvantaged groups, particularly individuals and families from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds, experiencing economic hardship, unemployment, housing issues, relationship crisis, health and well-being problems, social isolation and loneliness; families on low income; individuals living with a mental health condition; race and hate incidences, and recent migrants to access safe and culturally proficient community services.
The Linacre Just Giving page in support of Diversity House remains open if you would like to support this worthwhile charity – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/linacrehousesupportingdiversity