CONCEPT Vehicle Leasing MD Paul Bulloch is the first to admit that he’s not an great yachtie but Captain Paul’s put his oar in for an epic charity challenge.
He concedes: “I wouldn’t exactly call myself an avid boatman. My interest in such activities stretches as far as enjoying fish, but only when it comes with some chips and a pint down at the local. So it’s safe to say that putting me in charge of any activities on a large body of water would be hazardous at best.”
That was how he was bemused when he came to find himself as the captain of a six-person boat in training with the challenge to row 8.5 miles up the River Thames. The answer is charity of course, the Ahoy charity to be more precise, and their fund-raiser is the Meridian Pull Challenge.
The full Meridian Pull Challenge takes place this Sunday 9 October at 8am.
Paul says: “The big challenge we face now is not to let the Ahoy Charity down. We are poised to row our hearts out but what we need from you is a small donation to help us achieve our fundraising goal before we fulfil our pledge to row the Thames.”
Paul has roped in athletically tuned Concept sales director John Henares as first mate – having assumed that with his Irish ancestry there had to be some nautical blood from the Emerald Isle. But adds: “Turns out my theory about my half Irish sales director was completely unfounded, his boating know-how was as useful as a sun roof in December.”
So they’ll need all the help they can get, Paul and his crew of landlubbers. To donate to their Ahoy cause, click here.