Leeds Dragon Boat Race 2011: Firms race to get on board

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HUNDREDS of employees from across the county are on board for this year's Dragon Boat Race.

The fourth annual event in Leeds is set to make a splash with almost 30 leading organisations already signed up, including Yorkshire Forward, Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Water, British Waterways, Hesco Bastion, Northern Gas Networks, Shepherd Construction, Unilever and West Yorkshire Institute of Directors.

Organisers at Leeds Community Foundation hope to raise more than £30,000 from the event for community causes across Leeds.

Dragon Boat Race

For the first time the boat race is being run in conjunction with the Leeds Waterfront Festival and will include live broadcasts from Radio Aire.

The action-packed event is free to members of the public and will feature live music from local bands, arts and dance, boat trips and barbecues across waterfront venues in Granary Wharf, Brewery Wharf, Clarence Dock and Thwaite Mills Watermill.

This year it will be held over two days from June 25 to 26, with races taking place between 10am and 4pm.

Phenomenal

Leeds Community Foundation event manager, Amanda Wingfield, said: "We've already had phenomenal interest from businesses across the county keen to support the 2011 Dragon Boat Race and there are a number of dedicated organisations that enter year on year.

"It's fantastic that the business fraternity gets into the spirit of fundraising for local communities and as part of the process provides entertainment for local families too."

Each team needs 16 paddlers clad in fancy dress outfits to power a 40ft long boat to the tune of a drummer.

Sponsorship money raised will go towards the Leeds Community Foundation, which supports over 3,000 community groups and small charities in Leeds.

This year's headline sponsor is Lend Lease.

The race is £500 to enter for each organisation and places are limited.

For more information or to book a boat, contact Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426 or alternatively, email: Amanda@leedscommunityfoundation.org.uk


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