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25/10/2014, USA, Rowing, Right To Play, Article # 5190020




The Mississippi Million Challenge has inspired an international team of philanthropists to row the famed U.S. River to raise $1 million for Right To Play


For the last 3 months, John Pritchard and Paddy Broughton have been rowing the Mississippi River - in hand crafted Victorian skiffs - to raise money for a global humanitarian organization called Right To Play.  Pritchard is the UK Chairman of the Board for Right To Play, which uses sport and play to educate and empower children in disadvantaged communities in over 25 countries around the world. 


The challenge of rowing approximately 35 miles per day for nearly 3 months began August 2nd in Lake Itasca, MN. Along the way, Pritchard and Broughton have been joined by friends, family, strangers and fellow Olympians that signed up for 2 days of rowing and are fundraising to meet the $1M goal.   On Saturday, October 25th at approximately 2:00pm, the MM team will complete their 2320 mile journey when they row into Belle Chasse Marine in New Orleans


WHEN:         Saturday, October 25th


WHERE:          Belle Chasse Marine, Alabo Street, New Orleans




About the Mississippi Million Challenge:

The Mississippi Million Challenge was inspired by a little boy from Ghana named Richmond.  Pritchard was with his wife and son visiting Right To Play programs at the Three Kings School for children with learning and physical disabilities in Battor, when the lively young boy caught his attention.


"I noticed Richmond on the edge of the playfield. He had Downs Syndrome and at 10 years old—the same age as my son—he was half the size of the other boys," says Pritchard. "His personality is what really shone through. We struck up a friendship immediately and as he sat on my knee with his arms around my neck, I realized how much love and support this exceptional young boy needed. He made me realize I have a duty to try and do something that will make a change for kids like him."


He decided on the Mississippi Million Challenge. Pritchard, an Olympic Silver Medalist and former Cambridge Blue has raised over $600,000 to date.  To learn more about John’s story and the Mississippi Million go to  


About Right To Play:

Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. With programs in more than 20 countries, it reaches more than one million children through weekly play activities that engage them in critical lessons about health and disease prevention, peace and community development, and helps to develop their confidence and leadership skills. To learn more about Right To Play go to