Gong Hey Fat Choy! Here Come the Dragons!

Tuesday 13 February 2018

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) has joined with Gable Events to launch the 14th Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival!

The 2018 Festival takes place on Saturday 8 September on the River Cam at Fen Ditton and is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated team events in the region. Over 40 crews representing companies, organisations, clubs and groups of friends from all over Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course. They will all be seeking to knock Cambridge Medical Robotics (who won the 2017 event at the first time of entering!) off their pedestal as reigning champions whilst also raising vital funds for Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals.

Dragon boat racing has an ancient Chinese history and according to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the year of the Dog. People born in this year are believed to inherit some of the animal’s characteristics and possess the best traits in human nature such as honesty, loyalty, patience, reliability and intelligence. Their industrious nature, faithfulness and strong bond to others augurs well for the teamwork needed to be successful in September!

No previous experience is required to take part, just plenty of team spirit so why not take up the challenge? The dragon boats, qualified helms and all racing equipment are provided and each crew is guaranteed a minimum of three races. The Festival offers a full day of fun on land as well as water with plenty of activities on the bankside to entertain teams and spectators between races.

The Festival’s official charity is Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust which is the only charity dedicated to making a difference for patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals. Whether its treatment for an emergency, acute condition, pregnancy or long term illness, ACT believe that every patient deserves the highest quality of care available. Their main aim is to continue to support the hospitals by raising funds for cutting edge technology, additional specialist services, vital research and extra comforts for patients that make all the difference over and above what would be possible through NHS funding alone.

The team raising the most money for ACT will be awarded the charity trophy and enjoy a fabulous private group cookery evening event of sushi making at Cambridge Cookery, an award-winning cookery school and neighbourhood bistro and café.

Carol Lester, Director of Festival organisers Gable Events, adds: “The Festival is a great chance for companies and organisations to try something completely different, promote themselves to a large local audience, network with local companies and potential clients and raise money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. It is also a fantastic team building opportunity - what better way to get to know what makes your colleagues and competitors tick?! We expect the Festival to be another sell-out success so we recommend teams get their entries in early to guarantee a place.”

For further information and an entry form please visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/cambridge or call Gable Events on 01780 470718.

To find out more about the vital work of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust please call Emily Willdigg, Events Fundraiser on 01223 349885 or visit www.act4addenbrookes/org.uk.

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