On Saturday 1st June, 28 corporate teams took to the River Lagan in a bid to become the 2019 Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice Dragon Boat Race Champions.
The race, now in its second year, saw teams of 20 decked in fancy dress, and life jackets, coming out to show their support and raise vital funds for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.
Spectators gathered on the bank to watch the teams battle it out over 3 heats, with the semi-finalists competing in the final nail-biting race.
- 1st Place was Team Vela
- 2nd Place was Tesco &
- 3rd Place Conveyortek
Lauren Doherty, Head of Commercial Marketing & Support at Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice said: “The dragon boat race was the idea of one of our fundraisers and it is now one of the most successful events in our fundraising calendar.
“Early indications are that around £45,000 is expected to have been raised this year and all of it will be going to our Children’s Hospice which cares for over 300 children and their families each year.
“We would just like to say thank you to all of those teams that took part, to all of the people that came out to cheer on the boats and indeed to all of our volunteers who gave up their time to make sure this event ran smoothly. Without this generosity and goodwill, we wouldn’t be able to help the people that need our services.”
John McCall, from Conveyortek said: “Northern Ireland Hospice is a charity that everyone hopes they will never need support from but in reality, so many families in Northern Ireland do find themselves depending on their services.
“The Dragon Boat race is the perfect social event for us as it encourages team building and gives our staff the opportunity to mix outside of the office, but most importantly it gives us the chance to show our ongoing support for this fantastic charity. We had the most fantastic day and training preparations for 2020 will be getting underway next week!”