Dragon Boat Race is coming to Newark this weekend to raise money for Beaumond House and Children's Bereavement Centre
People are encouraged to come out in their droves to support Sunday’s Newark Dragon Boat Festival.
The festival is the first joint event run in partnership between the Children’s Bereavement Centre and Beaumond House Community Hospice, two of Newark’s most well-known charities.
The purpose of the event is to raise vital funds for both charities through sponsorship from the teams racing and revenue from land-based activities.
Teams are encouraged to dress in fancy dress and fundraise as much as possible, for which there will be prizes.
The teams comprise local businesses, community groups and groups of friends.
Each team will get to race three times before the six fastest compete in the semi-finals with the three fastest battling it out in the grand final for the title of Newark Dragon Boat Champion 2019.
Radio Newark will be hosting the live entertainment on the day.
There will be plenty to eat and drink from local suppliers.
The venue is Riverside Park and the course is upstream from Trent Bridge to Town Lock.
The first race is at 10am and the last is at 4.50pm. There are 27 teams enrolled.
A family fun day takes place from 10am to 5pm that includes inflatables, face-painter, slime-maker, the fire service, live entertainment from entertainer Clive Rudd, musical duo Jukebox, the choirs of Chuter Ede Balderton and Fernwood, Newark-based Dixieland jazz band, the Bridge Street Stompers.
There will also be a bar.
Entry is free but the children’s activities and food and drink will be charged for with a percentage of the proceeds being donated jointly to the two charities.
Rachel Wilson, fundraising manager at the Children’s Bereavement Centre, said: “It has been amazing to work in partnership with Beaumond House for the first time. We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from the whole community.
“To have 27 companies racing in our first year is just amazing and we are looking forward to a fun-filled day with lots of healthy competition.”
Jo Harbord, corporate fundraising officer at Beaumond House, said: “It’s going to be a great day. The support we have received from people donating products, expertise and time is fantastic.
“Particular thanks to the many volunteers who are giving us their valuable time to help us at the event, which simply wouldn’t be possible without them.”
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