Dragon Boat Racing

Take on an ‘Oarsome’ Challenge

Diverse Abilities is gearing up for its annual Chinese Dragon Boat Race taking place across Poole Park’s lake on Sunday 19 July between 10am and 3.30pm. The event, supported and sponsored by Spectrum Housing Group, will be raising vital funds for the charity that supports children and adults with disabilities in Dorset.

Teams are being urged to sign up now and join in with the event that sees teams go head-to-head in boats decorated with dragon figureheads. Anyone can take part – companies, families or friends – no experience is required as full coaching is provided.

Each team comprises of 17 enthusiastic members – 16 paddlers plus the drummer. An experienced helm will join the crew, to keep the boat pointing in the right direction towards the finish line.

Sharon Wells, Events Fundraiser at Diverse Abilities, said: “This is a very lively and fun event to take part in, which is right on our community’s doorstep. Everyone that has taken part in previous years will be aware that all participants, plus the spectators, have a fantastic day out getting into the team spirit and cheering everybody on. Whether you are a complete novice, adrenaline addict or keen boat racer, you can look forward to a thrilling ride!”

Supporting the event is Spectrum Property Care, one of the largest property maintenance companies working in Dorset – looking after around 13,000 homes across the county for Spectrum Housing Group, other housing associations and the Borough of Poole.

Spectrum participated in the Dragon Boat Race last year and entered three teams. Following last year’s event Tina Partridge from Spectrum said: “Everyone that took part in the event had a great time and there was a healthy amount of competition among staff, therefore it was great for team building. We are really looking forward to this year’s event, supporting Diverse Abilities during its 60th anniversary year.”

Anyone over the age of eight can take part in the Dragon Boat Race, but they must be confident in deep water and wearing a buoyancy aid. An adult must accompany participants under 18 during the event.

Diverse Abilities is offering half price entry fees if participants register for the event by 1 April saving the team £85. A minimum of £750 per team (just £45 per person to fundraise) is also required as sponsorship for the event. The team entry fee after April 1 will be £170, which is approximately £10 per person for a full team.

Sharon added: “By taking part in the Dragon Boat Race, you will be helping raise vital funds for Diverse Abilities. Why not take up our special offer and sign up now!”

For more information, or to book your team, contact Sharon Wells at Diverse Abilities on 01202 718266 or email sharon.wells@diverseabilities.org.uk

In addition to the Dragon Boat Race, the charity organises many other types of exciting events including abseils, a castaway survival challenge, Make a Break for It, It’s a Knockout, running and cycling events, tandem skydiving and paragliding, party nights, a Rugby Lunch and great overseas events, providing everyone from all walks of life the opportunity to do something fun and exciting  while raising funds for a good cause.

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