Dragon boat race in aid of PROSTaid

27 Crews battled to be crowned Dragon Boat Champions 2009. The exciting and competitive PROSTaid Dragon Boat Race, an annual event, took place on the straight mile of the River Soar, Leicester, on Sunday 7th June. Crews of 10 paddlers and a drummer raced over the 200 metre course from 10.30am with the a final 3-team race off at 4-30pm.

Dragon boat race in aid of PROSTaid
The event is a great chance to experience something different, foster good team spirit and raise money for PROSTaid, the local prostate cancer charity. It is fun, colourful and exciting with crews racing in 30ft Chinese Dragon Boats. Rock House Foundation kindly and generously sponsored the event. PROSTaid were thrilled by the enthusiasm and commitment of all the crews who endured the heavy rain in the morning session and the support they received from the people of Leicester.

The Lord Mayor Councillor Roger Blackmore and Lady Mayores s Hi lary Blackmore opened the event by starting the first race between 3 City Council Crews, The Town Hall Tigers, Pirates of Customer Services and Legs Eleven.

The Lord Mayor then cut the huge and delicious Dragon Boat Cake, which was made and donated by Coombs Hampshires Bakery, before he and the Lady Mayoress visited all the competitors in their Tents and Gazebos.

PROSTaid are indebted to sponsors of the event, Rock House Foundation and the many companies who donated food and drink for the competitors or who gave monetary donations.

Asda Fosse Park, Blackfriars Bakery, Brakes Sandwiches , Candy Head Hai rdres ser s , Colourworks Res taurant , Combs Hampshires, CSL Business Machines, De Montfort University, Eden Water, Extinguish Fire Solutions, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, K & S Imaging, Midland Photography, Next, Samworth Brothers, Secure One and Swithland Spring Water. Amongst the crews taking part were teams representing: Beaverbrooks The Jewellers,

Dragon boat race in aid of PROSTaid
BT Open Reach - 2 teams, Caterpillar UK - 5 teams, Everards Brewery, Executive Talent Recruiting Consultants, HSBC Bank, Leicester City Council - 3 teams, National, Grid - 2 teams, PROSTaid Pistons, Spire Hospital, Sturgess Motor Group - 2 teams and Thomas May & Co, The Crew from Spire won the fancy dress competition dressing up in masks, operating gowns and s tethoscopes cal l ing themselves Doctor and the Medics. The Dragon Boat Trophy was won for the second year running by Sturgess Paddle Masters - Sturgess Motor Group who were very closely followed in second place by the Flying Rocket - ITP Engines based at Whetstone, and in 3rd place The Good Ship Enterprise - allied to BT. The final race was an extremely close affair with just a couple of seconds between 1st and 3rd place.

Sponsor of the event, Rock House Foundation, presented the Dragon Boat Trophy and the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals to the teams finishing 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

PROSTaid Patron Alan Birchenall MBE (Birch) also presented the prizes. Despite the wet weather, all the teams really enjoyed the competition and vowed to enter next years event.

With the continued support of the various organisations, volunteers and local people who help PROSTaid, the Charity aims to make next year’s event more successful. The charity has set some strategic objectives for the forthcoming year, one being to fund palliative care nurses, specifically for men in the later stages of the disease.

Patients, family and people who would like to know more about the work of the charity or who are interested in entering next years competition are encouraged to
contact: Stuart C Berry, PROSTaid Director/Trustee, Tel No: 01455 291752,
e: stuartcberry@hotmail.co.uk