Companies, clubs and organisations from across the region are getting their teams together and signing up to take part in this year’s eagerly anticipated Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge. Now in its eighth year, the Dagon Boat Challenge takes place on the River Trent at the Victoria Embankment on Sunday 7th August and has become one of the key attractions of the Riverside Festival.
One of the early entrants this year and dragon boat first-timers are Graphic Packaging International from Bardon in Leicestershire. The company makes cardboard packaging for the food and beverage industry and employs 1,300 staff in the UK including 365 at the Bardon site. Training & HR Advisor, Kerry Bradbury is keen to make the most of the team building and fund raising opportunity. She says, “GPI Bardon get involved in charity work all through the year and we have recently appointed a Philanthropist to coordinate and raise funds for charities. The event is in aid of a good cause and we thought what better way to get people involved than a fun team building exercise? ‘GPI Warriors’ and our supporters are very excited to be taking part in this fantastic event and aim to raise as much money as possible to support Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and the amazing work that they do”.
With teams coming from all corners of the East Midlands and representing so many different industries, the inter-company rivalry is definitely building! Other early entrants include fellow first-timers Lockwood Group from Derbyshire, Noble Foods of North Scarle, two teams from CR Civil Engineering (Loughborough), Cardiology Dept. Grantham Hospital (Grantham), two teams from Warburtons (Langley Mill) and Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Noble Foods and CR Civil Engineering have both chosen to take out Silver entries which include the profile and fundraising benefits of their company logo on each side of a dragon boat as well as a £500 donation to Rainbows.
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young people provides vital help, care and support for children across the East Midlands with terminal and life-limiting conditions. By taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for Rainbows, the teams will be helping families form Nottinghamshire and across the region to make the most of the time they have left together and create memories they can treasure forever.
Tom Stanyard, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Rainbows, said, “It’s because of people like you that Rainbows can keep our doors open. Only a small amount of our funding is guaranteed, that’s why our supporters and fundraisers are so important. You are the ones who make it possible for us to help and care for those with terminal and life-limiting conditions”.
The top fundraisers for Rainbows will win the Charity trophy plus a special prize meal kindly donated by The Riverbank Bar & Kitchen, situated at Trent Bridge, not far from where the Challenge takes place.
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.
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 Tom Stanyard on 01509 283919 or visit www.rainbows.co.uk