Virtual Dragon Boat Challenge
July - August 2020
The Challenge continues into August for further donations- 
can YOU help us raise money for our local NHS Charity ?
Will YOU help us support the NHS staff?

Why are we asking you to join the challenge?


Our annual Dragon Boat Challenge had to be cancelled this year due to the restrictions of Covid-19 but instead of this we are organising a “virtual challenge” in order to raise much needed funds for charity.

The York Teaching Hospital Charity, supports the dedicated NHS staff who have been working so hard during this life threatening pandemic.  All funds raised will go towards a new outdoor wellbeing area, inside York Hospital, to provide a relaxing area for staff.   

We are hoping each individual participant will raise £50 but the more the better to help all our wonderful front line NHS workers in York.  So set your own target!

How are we doing?
York Rotary's President Kevin demonstrates!

What is the Virtual Dragon Boat Challenge?

The challenge was to create a virtual Dragon Boat and “paddle” it 250 metres down the “River Ouse”. The Ouse is 84 km long so we need a minimum of 336 volunteers to each paddle like mad in their own "Dragon Boat", to move our "Challenge Boat" along.

It was open to interpretation of participants as to how the achieve the "Virtual" equivalent of paddling 250 metres, for example “paddling” 50 strokes.

Catch the Action
Watch more participants' videos 
(and news reports)  here...
frank swimming.jpg
Donations or Fundraising individually or as a team


to go directly to our event page

Another alternative for one-off Donations 

*Please use Virgin Moneygiving (with Gift Aid option) if possible

CHEQUES (York Rotarians only)    Cheque donations can be sent to Brian Joscelyne.   Please make cheques payable to RCoY,  and make it clear they are for our Virtual Dragon Boat fundraiser



* Click Start here  above

* Click Make a Donation>>  (the BLUE button at bottom left of screen)


as an individual

* Click Start here  above

* Click  Start Fundraising>>

* Enter your email to  Sign in / Register with Virgin Moneygiving

* Follow instructions to set up your page.

as a team

* Click Start here  above

* Click  Start Fundraising>>

*  From drop-down menu "Fundraisers\/" select "Fundraise as a Team"

* Enter your email to  Sign in / Register with Virgin Moneygiving

*  Enter a Team Name

* If you wish, you can add people to your team

* Click "Next"

* Follow instructions to set up your page.

*Once your page is set up and "ready to go" you can add a photo, words about your team, set a target and start sharing!


To make your donation, or to set up a fundraising page, just  use the link and instructions in the white box

Full details and guidance

You can download more "small print" details of the event here, and instructions for setting up and fundraising - or donating -  are shown (see box) 


The challenge ran during July, but donations (and late challenges) can be accepted up to the end of August.

How are we doing?


We can all monitor the progress of our Challenge "boat" as it moves down from the source of the Ouse, near Linton-on-Ouse, to the end where the Ouse flows into the Humber Estuary.   You can see the boat's progress here


Please post your videos /photos on Social Media - using Twitter #virtualdragon - and please also tag us @RotaryClubYork


Happy paddling and thank you

for your support.

Questions?  Please contact us at
The York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge returns in 2021 - more here
Follow our  Virtual Dragonboat's progress "down the Ouse" 
84Km Linton-on-Ouse -> Humber Estuary 



Distance :  62.5 Km

Total raised:  £12500