Dragon boat racers to raise money for Nepal earthquake fund

Dragon Boat races Wykeham Lakes.A closely fought match..Picture Richard Ponter 132250d
Dragon Boat races Wykeham Lakes.A closely fought match..Picture Richard Ponter 132250d

Paddlers are being sought to man the oars to help raise money for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers is sponsoring a Dragon Boat in the annual race on Wykeham Lakes on Sunday June 7.

The event, which is now in its fifth year, has raised more than £30,000 for causes in the Scarborough area.

However, this year the organisers want to help the people caught up in the dreadful disaster in Nepal last month.

The Dragon Boat Races will see teams of 17 paddle their vessels over a 250-metre course in a series of heats culminating in a grand final.

Club president Mike Wilkinson said: “Local charities will still benefit from this year’s dragon boat event, but the club has decided this year to sponsor its own boat to help victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

“However, we need 17 paddlers in our boat so if anyone us keen to help us raise some cash to help communities in Nepal then they should please contact either myself or Peter Howgate.”

The club has already donated £1,000 from its own funds to a Nepal Appeal organised by Rotary’s Yorkshire District International Committee, with the Rotary Club of Scarborough also gifting £1,500 to the earthquake disaster victims.

The clubs also joined together to hold a joint collection outside of Proudfoot’s supermarkets earlier in the month, which raised a further £1,100.

Male and female paddlers are free to take part, providing they are above the age of 12 and can swim 50 metres.

Safety boats will patrol the lakes throughout the day and professional helmsmen will be on hand to give basic instruction. There will also be race commentaries throughout the event, which takes place from 10am to 4pm.

All paddlers will receive a medal and there will be prizes for the best ladies team and best first time’ team.

The family event will also include a barbecue, a bar, local food stalls, face painting, magic, juggling and a bouncy castle. Call Mr Howgate on 01723 859843 or 07881 974691, or email peter@peterhowgate.com