Dragon Boat Racing 2015 at Bewl Water

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Last year’s Dragon Boat Racing at Bewl Water was an amazing display of paddle power, fun and excitement with both the actual dragon boat racing and fundraising efforts exceeding expectations. With fantastic support and efforts from the enthusiastic Dragon Boat Team, more than £2,600 was raised to support local community projects in Cambodia, and we’ll aim to build on last year’s success with a few fun-filled training sessions in preparation for this year’s event for those who are interested.

An amazing display of paddle power, fun and excitement

As was the case with last year’s event, this year’s Dragon Boat Festival at Bewl Water should be a great day out for the whole family. So, whether you would like to paddle, drum, man a stall, organise a tombola, bake some cupcakes or simply just relax, enjoy and provide moral support on the day, put Saturday 12 September 2015 in your calendars, please get in touch and we’ll put your name down on the team roster…!!

Dragon boat racing has long traditions in China and Southeast Asia. In Cambodia, people from all over the country are 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. The English rainy season is rather constant and we’d be surprised if The Thames suddenly should change it’s flow and run upstream from the Thames Estuary, but we’ll brave the English weather and put some serious muscle behind our fundraising efforts.

A full Dragon Boat team consists of 16 paddlers plus one drummer, and whilst we have a dedicated team of supporters who have committed themselves to provide moral support from the lake shore, we’re looking for some people who would like to challenge their dragon boat racing skills… So, please get in touch if you would be interested in a fun weekend in The Garden of England where you’ll be harnessing oodlesofdosh through paddling and exhaustion and, at the same time, creating awareness for local community projects in Cambodia.

Just Text Giving – donations by text

If you’re in the UK and have a mobile phone, a convenient, safe, quick and easy way of supporting Harnessing Opportunities through Play and Education and The Dragon Boat Team in their fundraising endavours is to send BEWL70 £1 / £5 / £10 / £20 / £30 / £50 to 70070

E.g. BEWL70 £5 to 70070


For more information and the latest updates, please visit our dedicated fundraising page for this year’s Dragon Boat Racing at Bewl Water.

Lastly, on behalf of all of us, the young adults and all the local grass-roots projects supported by HOPE, many big, warm thanks to all participants and dedicated supporters…!!

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