Dragons will make a splash for charity

A charity boat race which has raised more than £25,000 for local causes is looking for sponsors.

The Dragon Boat Race, organised by The Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers, will take place for a fourth year at Wykeham Lakes on June 1.

Up to 20 teams will paddle their vessels over a 250-metre course in a series of heats culminating in a grand final.

Sally Brown, club president, said: “It’s a great day out for all the family, that in 2013 saw a record crowd of around 1,000 people cheering on the dragon boat crews.”

Businesses and organisations are invited to sponsor a team at a cost of £360 and paddlers are encouraged to raise £50 each in donations.

A team consists of up to 20 people - 16 paddlers plus a drummer and three reserves. Crew members must be 12 years old and able to swim 50 metres with a buoyancy aid.

Organiser Peter Howgate said: “It may be that an organisation or company wants to sponsor a dragon boat but cannot provide a full team of paddlers. On the other hand there will be groups of friends who can paddle but not be able to raise the boat sponsorship fee. In these cases the Rotary Club will marry these together to create dragon boat teams.”

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.

To sponsor a boat call Mr Howgate on (01723) 859843 or 07881 974691 or Sally Brown on (01723) 859151 or 07703 206839.

One of the main charities to benefit from the event is The Rainbow Centre, which gives practical support to residents in the Castle Ward. It has been able to buy a replacement van.

Other charities to benefit include the Richard Fox Memorial Fund, Mencap, Scarborough Islamic Society, St Catherine’s Hospice, Scarborough Talking News, Scarborough Heart Foundation and Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers was established in 1978 and celebrated its 35th anniversary last year. The club is dual membership with almost 40 male and female members meeting every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Royal Hotel’s Cavalier Suite. It’s other main fundraising effort this year will be a fair in the town centre on August 16. More details at www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage