Launching the Dragon Boats

.... but not as we know it!



On June 19th we announced the 2020 Virtual Dragon Challenge, a very different sort of event than our normal July one on the river, but designed to capture the same fun and excitement but tailored for today's restricted conditions. David Fotheringham explained the project to members at our Zoom meeting, including the idea of multiple people, or teams, doing some virtual "paddling" - in however silly a way they like - each contributing 250 metres of "pull" to a "dragon boat" that we hope will make its way down the virtual "Ouse", all 84Km of it, raising, we hope, thousands of pounds.


We're hoping fundraising efforts by participants will raise £50 or more per person, and other donations of any amount are obviously also welcomed.


All the proceeds are to go to support local York NHS staff at York Hospital, in the form of an outdoor wellbeing area for staff, being created within the hospital itself.



We are partnering with York Teaching Hospital Charity who will be the beneficiary of the event.


Friends of York Rotary member Maya Liversidge, their community fundraiser, was part of the York Rotary team led by David, along with other Friends of York Rotary who have helped ensure our event was tailored for the younger generation who are used to on-line fundraising and use of social media, which is the primary means of publicising and recording the event over the coming month.


Maya followed David's presentation with an explanation of how the Hospital Charity operated and now most of their funds were designated for specific projects; our contribution would be an essential part of making the wellbeing area happen for staff.


Members were encouraged to join the fun and take part in the event (several subsequently have) or donate to the fundraiser in lieu of the help they would normally have been giving to our "Normal" Dragon Boat day in July.


Full information about the Virtual Dragon Boat Challenge event are here



Normal service will be resumed in 2021!




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