Companies, clubs and organisations from across the region have been getting their teams together and signing up to take part in this year’s eagerly anticipated Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge, in aid of Rainbows Hospice.
East Midlands Business Link has joined with Gable Events to launch the eleventh challenge, which will take place on Sunday 4th August 2019 on the River Trent at Victoria Embankment.
Businesses across the region can enter their teams into the event for a day of fun, team building, and to help raise money for the Hospice.
More than 40 teams are expected to compete over the 200m race course, watched by several thousand spectators at the Riverside Festival, one of Nottingham’s largest family events which includes a bustling fair and vibrant mix of music, dance, crafts and food from around the world staged by Nottingham City Council.
Up to 10 people can paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front beating time and a provided helm at the tail steering a straight course. Each crew is guaranteed a minimum of 3 races.
A selection of entry options are available:
Standard entry to the Nottingham Dragon Boat Challenge includes:
Dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment
At least 3 races per crew
Family entertainment of the Riverside Festival
Trophies for the top three crews, the best-placed mixed crew (minimum 5 ladies), the crew raising the most money for Rainbows Hospice and the ‘best dressed’ crew
Medals for the top three crews
Premiere escape room experience at Escapologic for the crew raising the most money for Rainbows Hospice
Silver entry includes everything involved in standard entry plus:
£500 donation to Rainbows
Company logo on each side of one dragon boat
Team photo and acknowledgement on the Challenge website, in the souvenir programme and commentary
Gold entry includes everything involved in silver entry plus:
An additional £250 donation to Rainbows (£750 total)
Crew gazebo with chairs
Full page advert in the souvenir programme
By signing up to the Dragon Boat Challenge, your crew will be able to raise vital funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and make a difference to over 400 families. Rainbows 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.
Rainbows also looks after the wider families – mums and dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents – because life limiting illnesses affect everyone involved.
Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, says: “The Dragon Boat Challenge is an amazing event. With up to 50 companies competing for a number of prizes, the day has a great atmosphere. More amazing than the event however, is the generosity of the crews who take part. It is only through your support at events like this that we’re able to help and care for those families who need it most.
To find out more about the Dragon Boat Challenge, sponsorships, or to enter teams please click here.