Virtual Dragon Boat Challenge
Throughout July 2020
We may not be afloat in July -
but we're still gonna raise money for our local NHS Charity !
Will YOU join us?

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!
Catch the Action
Watch more participants' videos 
(and news reports)  here...
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What is the Virtual Dragon Boat Challenge?

The challenge we are setting you is 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".

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

To do this you will need to use your imagination and then (if you wish)  submit a video or photo(s)* of your event!

You could be paddling sitting on a line of chairs using rolled umbrellas for paddles, sitting in wheelbarrows with spades for paddles or even get the paddling pool out!  See the pictures above.  Will anyone actually paddle the river? 

Individual, family or team?

The challenge can be done individually or better still with friends and family, or as a team, socially distanced of course.


We encourage fancy dress and even singing as you paddle!  Above all, have a good laugh and enjoy yourselves and raise some money for the York Hospital staff at the same time!

So…   Choose your "team", get the sponsorship, create your "Dragon Boat", find your paddle(s), and off you go! . Don’t forget to video yourselves.

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


You can download these instructions as a pdf


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 runs from now until 31st July.

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.

See our #virtualdragon feed below

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"