There be a Dragonboat on this here canal! Get your team to Enter!

by Dave Massey @brumhour

I was pretty excited when an email turned up last month up tell me about the 16th Dragonboat Festival, coming on May 30th to Brindleyplace in Birmingham’s Convention Quarter (Yes, that’s a thing, and trying to tell me otherwise won’t wash!).

This years event is raising money for Cure Leukaemia and sponsored by Deutsche Bank who are based at One Brindleyplace.

Launching Dragonboat Festival.
Launching Dragonboat Festival.

Alison McKenna, Senior Marketing Executive at Brindleyplace, said: “We raised a phenomenal amount last year and broke our own charity record by raising £66,000 in aid of Help Harry Help Others (HHHO). Now – as we look to celebrate Brindleyplace’s 20th anniversary – we’re aiming to make this a milestone year to remember and would like to raise even more with everyone’s support.”

Each team needs to be entered by April 30th, and must contain 10 rowers and a DRUMMER. The drummer is considered the heartbeat of the dragonboat! The cost per team is £500 and then each team needs to raise £2,000 as a minimum.

Photo from Brindleyplace's own website http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/dragonboat-festival-3/
Photo from Brindleyplace’s own website
http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/dragonboat-festival-3/

The prizes for the winning teams include:

-A corporate box at the Barclaycard Arena to a major event courtesy of Elonex Outdoor Media, corporate advertising on Elonex Outdoor Media screens within Birmingham city centre,

-Tickets to Day 1 of the Ashes at Edgbaston, tickets to Natwest T20 matches at Edgbaston

-and tables of 11 at both ‘Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen’ and Brindleyplace-based restaurant Piccolino.

Additionally, to encourage some healthy competition during the races, the team which finishes last will be awarded the ‘2015 Paddle of Pity’.

Registration closes for the teams on April 30th so you need to get your training head on if you and your group want to submit a team. Email alison.mckenna@brindleyplace.com for a registration pack.

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