Launch for dragon boat race

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Char­i­ties were out in force to an­nounce the for­mal launch of the hottest adren­a­line chal­lenge of the sum­mer – the KM Dragon Boat Race.

The good causes joined event or­gan­is­ers the KM Char­ity Team in call­ing for teams to get all fired up, book their boats and take to the water on Sun­day, July 2.

Last year’s record-break­ing event saw 40 teams make a splash for char­ity, rais­ing more than £100,000.

Among the char­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives lay­ing down the chal­lenge to raise much needed funds was Lau­ren El­ph­ick of Kent, Sur­rey and Sus­sex Air Am­bu­lance.

She said: “It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple sup­port the KSS Air Am­bu­lance be­cause we are a life-sav­ing char­ity, re­spond­ing to peo­ple who have suf­fered trauma or se­ri­ous med­i­cal emer­gen­cies.

“With a doc­tor-para­medic team oper­at­ing 24 hours a day, we bring A&E di­rectly to the scene with the abil­ity to air­lift pa­tients to spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tals, so we re­ally do save lives.”

Good causes are be­ing ad­vised to reg­is­ter as char­ity part­ners as soon as pos­si­ble to en­able par­tic­i­pants to raise money for them.

Teams of 11 will raise spon­sor­ship money for their favourite char­ity by rac­ing the dragon across the 250m course at Mote Park, Maid­stone.

Char­ity sup­port­ers, friends and busi­nesses will com­pete in three races through­out the day, with a fi­nal bat­tle to de­ter­mine the over­all win­ner.

Squad mem­bers can con­serve their en­ergy by re­cruit­ing up to 17 peo­ple per team and tak­ing turns to race.

Par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors will be able to visit stalls, buy food and drink, or hire row­ing boats or pedal boats at Mote Park Water­sports Cen­tre.

Book a boat at www. km­char­i­ty­chal­ and use the code KMNEWS17 to re­ceive a £50 dis­count.

The KM Dragon Boat Race is among more than a dozen adren­a­line events staged through­out the year by the KM Char­ity Team, in­clud­ing the KM Bike Ride on April 23, KM Colour Run on June 11, and KM Char­ity Walk on June 25.

Busi­nesses in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved with the KM Dragon Boat Race should call Do­minic Comins on 0844 264 0291 or email dcomins@ thek­m­

Lau­ren El­ph­ick of Kent, Sur­rey and Sus­sex Air Am­bu­lance

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