Scottish coastal sea rower Linda Greig has spent the past month in Tasmania, raising money for Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre.
She completed a 160 nautical mile journey, Row Raid for ERCC, raising funds and awareness for the charity, before heading to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart.
Ms Greig spent this week travelling around the state before heading back to her hometown of Dunbar in Scotland on Friday.
“When I was dealing with my own personal trauma, I had no support except the centre. I lost my family when I went to the police and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the rape crisis centre and my rowing.
“Rape and sexual violence cause long-term affects of trauma, are greatly mis-perceived, and affect every class, gender and age.”
Ms Greig said she wanted to raise funds and do something that “twists history on its head”.
“A raid simply means an exploration on a boat, but the imagery of rape and pillage goes back deep to the viking raids in Scotland, so to raise funds completing this challenge can hopefully bring hope and in turn help support many survivors who desperately need support and encouragement that life can be something different.”
Rowing was one of the things that helped Ms Greig deal with the traumatic experience she had when she was younger.
“I started rowing about four years ago, and when you’re out there, the sky changes, the sea changes, and there were dolphins the first time I went out.”
The fundraiser has nearly reached its target of £2000.