With just a couple of weeks to go until the annual Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on the River Trent as part of the Nottingham Riverside Festival, there’s still time to enter your team and join over 20 companies and organisations on the start line.
The Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 4th August is always one of the highlights of the Riverside Festival and no previous experience is needed to take part, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm. The colourful 30’ dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided by race organisers, Gable Events, and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races.
Don’t worry if you think winning is out of the question as medals and trophies are awarded for the top three crews, top mixed crew and the ‘best dressed’ crew (as fancy as possible!) and there’s a superb incentive to top the fundraising leader board as the crew raising the most money for official charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People will receive the special prize of a premiere escape room experience at Escapologic.
Last year’s Dragon Boat Challenge raised over £10,000 for Rainbows which is the only hospice in the East Midlands that provides vital care and support to babies, children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses from across the region. By taking part and raising money for Rainbows, the teams will be helping over 400 families to make the most of the short time they have together, making precious, happy memories they can treasure forever.
Matt Winn, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, says: “With so many companies competing for a number of prizes the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however is what Rainbows are able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. The hospice only receives a small amount of guaranteed funding, so support at events like this make it possible for us to continue to provide our vital care for those families who need it the most.”
Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of the Nottingham Riverside Festival, one of the region’s largest family festivals with a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world, staged by Nottingham City Council. Media partners to the Dragon Boat Challenge are Notts TV and Business Link East Midlands.
For further information and an entry form please visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham or call Gable Events on 01780 470718. For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Matt Winn on 01509 638028 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk