The World Rowing Federation (FISA) is pleased to announce Royal Ahrend as the first Official Supplier to the Kafue River & Rowing Centre in Zambia. The Kafue Centre is a unique, multi-purpose facility to be operated by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) which brings together water research, education and rowing.
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The Company will provide the Kafue Centre with a combination of cash and expertise to design the interior furnishings of the Centre, as well as supply all of the necessary furniture and furnishings to make the design a reality. Royal Ahrend has also committed to organise fundraising events in its key markets that will generate additional funds for the Kafue Centre.
What is the KRRC?
The Kafue River & Rowing Centre is a project in Kafue, Zambia developed through the collaboration between the World Rowing Federation (FISA) and the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). It is a unique, multi-purpose centre which brings together water conservation, education and sport. It will be the meeting point for all stakeholders on the river to meet in order to seek solutions together as well as be equipped with world class field research facilities with links to water science universities around the world and provide Zambia with a high quality facility to develop the sport of rowing.
Anyone will be able to visit the Centre “virtually” via the Centre’s interactive website and research will be shared openly, thus benefitting the world as a whole. The project is the latest stage of FISA's ongoing commitment to clean water action initiatives and Kafue was chosen because it is a priority area for WWF, being a freshwater ecosystem that faces a considerable number of challenges and competing water claims.
A fundraising campaign for the project was launched in June 2015. Rowers and supporters from around the world have shown their support for the KRRC, which has now received more than 1,100 individual contributions. Olympic and World Champion rowers have volunteered to be ambassadors for the project and are giving their time to support the project and recruit others to get involved. The campaign for support continues.