Brindleyplace Dragonboat race proves to be another roaring success

Brindleyplace Dragonboat Race
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Businesses from across Birmingham took to the canals at Brindleyplace for the 18th annual Dragonboat Race.

Thousands of people showed their support for the popular event, which was attempting to raise to raise a record-breaking £100,000 for Cure Leukaemia.

Alongside headline sponsor Deutsche Bank, teams from Harvey Nash, Kind Consultancy, Genting Casinos, Jaguar Land Rover, West Midlands Combined Authority, the NEC Group, Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Siamais, Colliers, Nando’s, Middleton Foods, GVA and Cure Leukaemia all took part.

Storming their way through in Star War- themed fancy dress, Kind Consultancy’s ‘Kind of a New Hope’ were announced as the overall Dragonboat Race winners after a close finale, beating ‘Colliers McBoatface’ team by seconds.

The team from Genting International Casino made a splash early on when they capsized into the canal during their first race; the third year in a row that a team has ended up in the water.

However, it was Cure Leukaemia who took home the ‘Paddle of Pity’ for 2017.

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Nathan Sanghera, Marketing and Events Executive at Brindleyplace, said: “The Brindleyplace Dragonboat Race 2017 was a huge success and over 15,000 people turned up to cheer on the teams and enjoy the market, watch the traditional Chinese lion dancing and take part in all the family-friendly activities on offer.

“We had some great fancy dress this year, not just from the businesses taking part but from our younger visitors as well and it was great to see penguins come together with princesses, superheroes and Spartans for such a fantastic cause.  All the teams involved have been hard at work fundraising for Cure Leukaemia and, combined with the support of the public, we’re hoping to raise a record amount this year.”

The event raised over £70,000 for Cure Leukaemia in 2016 and, with donations still flooding in, Brindleyplace is hoping to achieve the magic £100,000 total to benefit Cure Leukaemia’s £1m Centre Appeal for the expansion of the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site. The expansion will double the facility’s capacity for patients and clinical trials.

Brindleyplace Dragonboat Race

The Cure Leukaemia team with ‘The Paddle of Pity’