The first ever ‘Gladiator’ winner, Weininger Irwin, is set to join local community groups and spend his 59th birthday rowing for 24 hours on Red Nose Day.

Weininger, from Dagenham, will start his ‘Rowathon’ at The Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford on Thursday 17th March where he will then continuously row for 24 hours, raising funds and awareness with shoppers and the local community on the topic of Prostate Cancer and for The Errol McKellar Foundation and Knife Crime Awareness.

Despite having no symptoms, in summer of 2020, during the global pandemic, Weininger was diagnosed with prostate cancer after an annual check. He has now fully recovered and wants to use his experience and knowledge to shout about how important it is to check yourself and go to check-ups with your doctor.

Weininger Irwin commented: “According to the stats, 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer. Other factors that increase the risk are if you’re over 50,  or your dad or brother had it, or if you are from a black and minority ethnic group. The earlier you catch it, the more likely you are able to cure it which is why it is so important to get checked.

The Community Exercise Officer, who co-founded the Seniors community initiative ‘Ageless Teenagers’ group as well as WRS Weininger Resistance Sliding, will also row to raise funds and awareness for knife crime, after a friend’s son was tragically killed earlier this year.

Weininger commented “I am also passionate about the rising issue of knife crime, after a friend’s son sadly passed due to being attacked with a knife. I hope the funds raised will help these two amazing charities. I welcome members of the community to join me at The Liberty Shopping Centre to show their support.”

Come over to The Liberty and join us for some rowing to support Red Nose Day and help us raise funds.

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