East & South Notts and Nottingham

Gong Hey Fat Choy! Here come the Dragons!

Gong Hey Fat Choy! Here come the Dragons!

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has joined with Gable Events to launch the ninth Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge!


The 2017 Dragon Boat Challenge takes place on Sunday 6th August as part of the annual Riverside Festival and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region. Up to 50 crews from all over the East Midlands are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course. They will all be seeking to knock CR Civil Engineering off their pedestal as reigning champions whilst raising important funds for the hospice.

No previous experience is required to take part in the dragon boat racing, just plenty of team spirit. 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.

The Challenge’s official charity, Rainbows, is the only children’s hospice in the East Midlands. By taking part in the Dragon Boat Challenge to raise money for Rainbows, you will be helping families from 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, “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 make 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-meal kindly donated by Nottingham Pan Asian tapas restaurant and lounge bar Chin Chin.


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