Teams race to sign up

Teams race to sign up for the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge!

Companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together and signing up to take part in the eagerly anticipated Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on the River Trent at the Victoria Embankment on Sunday 5th August in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and is one of the key attractions of the Riverside Festival.

One of the early entrants is builders merchants, John A Stephens Ltd from Nottingham, and crew manager Jason Shelton explains how the company hopes to benefit from their participation; “This will be our second year at the Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge. Our first time at the event was a great success, both as a fun day out and team building exercise. Our team for race day will be made up of yard, office and counter staff for hopefully another fantastic day. We enter a silver team as the entry fee includes a £500 donation to a very worthwhile cause in Rainbows Hospice – we have a secondary sponsor (Clark-Drain Ltd) which looks after the clothing /logos etc and will also be donating towards the charity”.

With teams coming from all over the East Midlands and representing so many different industries, the inter-company rivalry is building. Other early entrants include Gold entries from Nando’s, NMCNomenca and Office Innovations, silver entries from DeltaNet International and North Midland Construction plus standard entries from DHL Nottingham, DNS (Midlands) Ltd, Encore Estate Management, K-Flex, Rainbows Hospice, MQP and a further two crews from NMCNomenca.

To take part in the dragon boat racing and help raise money for Rainbows, no previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm! The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. Teams and spectators also benefit from being part of 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.

All the entered teams will be encouraged to raise sponsorship for the Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, and help make a difference to over 380 children and their families that the charity supports across the East Midlands.

Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “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 what Rainbows is able to do with the fundraising support we receive from the crews taking part. With only a small amount of guaranteed funding, your support at events like this makes it possible for us to help and care for those families who need it most.”

The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the charity trophy plus a special prize lunch kindly donated by Forty Four Bridgford, an independent cocktail bar and kitchen in Nottingham.

For more information and an entry form please call Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham.

For information about the services of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People call Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk