Year of the Dragon - Seventh East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival Launched23 January 2012
To celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon, St Elizabeth Hospice has joined with Gable Events for the seventh East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival.
The 2012 Festival takes place on:
- Sunday 27th May 2012
- Oulton Broad in Nicholas Everitt Park, Lowestoft
There is a new charity partner, St Elizabeth Hospice on board, and the event is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region. Over 30 crews representing companies, organisations, clubs and groups of friends from all over East Anglia are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course. They will all be seeking to knock Expro North Sea from Great Yarmouth off their pedestal as reigning champions whilst also aiming to add to the event’s impressive fund-raising total of more than £100,000 for charity over the years.
According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon which may result in some interesting races as the dragon is said to be all powerful but completely unpredictable! It also symbolises great success and happiness, so the winning teams should be even more excited than usual in their victories!
No previous experience is required to take part in the dragon boat racing, just plenty of team spirit so why not take up the challenge? Thankfully, you don’t need the physical strength of a Steve Redgrave or the athleticism of a Jessica Ennis to be successful as teamwork and timing win the day.
The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. The Festival offers a full day of fun on land as well as water with plenty of activities on the bankside to entertain teams and spectators between races.
The event is supported by Waveney District Council, BBC Radio Suffolk and The Lowestoft Journal.
St Elizabeth Hospice is delighted to be the new official Festival charity this year having seen the event’s unique potential for fundraising and fun. The charity is dedicated to helping people living with a progressive illness and supporting their families free of charge. This year it is expanding its services for patients in Waveney and Great Yarmouth with inpatient beds in Norfolk in addition to day care at Lowestoft, Beccles and Ditchingham. The Hospice relies on fundraising events such as the Dragon Boat Festival as well as individual and corporate donations and the income generated from its shops.
The top fundraisers for St Elizabeth Hospice will win the charity trophy plus a full day of spa and gym use and lunch kindly donated by the Marriott Sprowston Manor in Norwich.
For further information and an entry form visit: www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/eastanglia or call Gable Events on 01780 470 718. To find out more about St Elizabeth Hospice services in your area call 01493 690990 or visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.ukPost a comment