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Dragon Boat Racing Fun(d)raiser 2015


Our 2015 fun(d)raiser turned out to be as much, if not more, fun than last year’s Dragon Boat Racing at Bewl Water in Kent. The team showed an amazing display of paddle power, commitment and hard work, all the while having fun!

Thank you so much to all the team who have not only showed their support on the day, but for sharing their enthusiasm to help us raise much needed funds and awareness for HOPE.

The fantastic HOPE IT FLOATS II team comprised of Tanya, Thomas, Jean Moussa (C), Nathan, Iain, Nick, Dan H, Rob, James, Dan C, Ellie, Izzy (Izzy’s uncle Doug and friend Dave for some additional muscle power in the last race), Hermione, Aimee (drummer and photographer), Abi (drummer), and Harvey (our sausage dog mascot).

Our fasted time on the board was 1.31.84 which occurred in the last race, making us narrowly miss the finals. Ideally a full Dragon Boat Team should consist of 16 paddlers plus one drummer and seeing as we were short of a full boat we think the team did fantastically.

The commitment for 2016’s challenge is strong, so we’re even more hopeful of meeting the finals next year!  And perhaps add a few fun-filled training sessions in preparation over the course of the year… Any takers?

This year, so far we’ve raised £621.64 with donations still coming in! We’re still hoping to reach the £2,000 mark, so if you haven’t and you would like to why not donate online now or by texting BEWL70 £5 to 70700 .

Dragon boat racing has long traditions in Cambodia with people from all over the country celebrating the Cambodian Water Festival (Bon Om Tuk) and watching the boat races in Siem Reap, in the provinces and, not least, along Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh which attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year.

The Cambodian Water Festival lasts for (at least) three days, and commemorates the end of the rainy season as well as the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River.

This is one of the reason we’ve chosen this activity as our annual fun(d)raiser as it has close links to the communities we aim to support. Not only that, the team work and camaraderie which occurs during the race day are some of the core skills learnt by the young adults on the programmes we support; communication, determination and healthy competition.

Please do get in touch if you would like to be part of the 2016 squad and we’ll keep you up to date with training sessions and the September date


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