Dragon Boat Racing 2016 at Bewl Water

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For the third consecutive year, Mekong Experiences and HOPE will join the annual Dragon Boat Racing at Bewl Water. Previous years have provided some amazing displays of paddle power, fun and excitement, with both the actual dragon boat racing and fundraising efforts exceeding expectations. This would not have happened without fantastic support and efforts from the enthusiastic Dragon Boat Team and their friends and families. More than £3,500 has been raised from the dragon boat racing to support local community projects in Cambodia and we envisage another great day out at Bewl Water this year.

A great day out for the whole family

The Cambodian Water Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in Cambodia. It commemorates the end of the rainy season as well as the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River, and the dragon boat racing gathers hundreds of thousands of people every year. 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 at Bewl Water.

As has been the case with previous events, this year’s Dragon Boat Festival should be a great day out for the whole family. A full dragon boat team consists of 16 paddlers plus one drummer, but we’d love to hear from you 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.

Please get in touch, remember to put Saturday 10 September 2016 in your calendars and we’ll be happy put your name down on the team roster…!!

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 and check out the official events page on Facebook.

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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