Two Scottish men, Mark James and Peter Buchan, attempted to break the world record for longest squash rally. The current record, which the pair tried to break, is 1000 consecutive shots. James previously broke the record for playing the largest number of squash matches one after the other in 2015, with 78 consecutive matches in 22 hours.
However, their attempt was not just for sport or fun. James and Buchan also raised money for Nyumbani Scotland, which like Nyumbani USA, raises both funds and awareness for HIV+ orphans in Kenya. Buchan’s employer even sponsored £1 for each shot achieved. Last year during his squash match record attempt, James raised £8000 to build two new classrooms in Nyumbani Village. Mark James’ mother, Alison Stedman, who runs Nyumbani Scotland, has been traveling with volunteer groups to Nyumbani since 2005 (17 trips so far!), through the Rotary Club of Arbroath. Alison and Rotary Club of Scotland have been huge supporters and dear friends of Nyumbani for many years.
Although the duo did not manage to break the world record for longest squash rally last week, they did raise a significant amount of money for Nyumbani Scotland. Their donations will go a long way in benefiting the children of Nyumbani in Kenya.
Read the full article on their attempt and fundraising efforts here:
Huge thanks to Mark James and Peter Buchan for their fundraising efforts! They are a great example of creative fundraising ideas!