Will you be a Dragon for our Hospices?

Will you be a Dragon for our Hospices?

There are only a few boats left for our inaugural Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 6th July on Goldsworth Lake, which promises to be great day out for all the family. Teams representing the local Police, Barclays Bank and Scorpion Training Boot Camp just to mention a few will paddle against each other in Chinese Dragon Boats taking between 12 and 20 people.

Sticking to the theme there will be a Chinese, as well as a regular BBQ, a Pimms tent as well as a bar at the Dianthus building. All participants will be given full training on the day, and true to tradition, there will be an awakening ceremony and blessing of the boats before the event gets of to a colourful start with a traditional Lion Dance by the Chinese School of Woking. A fantastic dragon boat cake will be among the prizes, and the best fancy dress will also be rewarded!

Our Head of Community Fundraising, Rosie Gibbons, is thrilled to be launching this unique event to raise money for our Hospices. She hopes local companies will recognise that it’s also a perfect team building experience. “It’s a great sport suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and most importantly it’s fun to do! There’s a great feeling of unity when the boat moves through the water, which we know will spur on the competitiveness of our teams, and it’s obviously all for a good cause,” explained Rosie.

Poster FINALTo secure one of the few remaining boats you have to recruit your team members, choose a name and then sign up via our events page here before the 27th June. Alternatively you can call our Community Fundraising team on 01483 881752.

Each team member has to pay a £10 deposit, and is expected to raise an additional £50 in sponsorship. So that’s just £60 a person for this fantastic event that will see Goldsworth Lake come alive with Dragons! Minimum age is 12, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult in the team.

Dragon Boating is a watersport, which has its roots dating back 2000 years throughout southern China. While competitions have taken place annually for more than 20 centuries, as part of religious ceremonies and folk customs, dragon boat racing has in modern times emerged as an international sport, beginning in Hong Kong in 1976.

Read more about the event here.