Newark Dragon Boat Race 2019!

Here at Magnet Expert we are a team spurred on by helping our local communities. So when we heard about Newark’s first ever Dragon Boat Race, we jumped at the chance to be involved. We gathered up some of our best, highly motivated individuals and formed a team Paddle Oar Else!

Paddle Oar Else, ready for their first race!

The event was hosted by Beaumond House Community Hospice and the Childrens Bereavement Centre. Here is some background about these two wonderful charities:

“Beaumond House Community Hospice is a registered charity committed to providing supportive palliative care to patients and their families living in Newark and district, an area of approximately 15 miles radius. We have 4 in-patient beds for people with palliative care needs, a day therapy as well as a Hospice at Home service providing compassionate support to the community.”

“The Children’s Bereavement Centre is run by a committed team of friendly, supportive and professional people who are qualified to help with the grieving process brought on by the death or terminal illness diagnosis of someone close. The Centre is open to children aged 3 to 18 and offers a welcoming and safe environment for them and their families to receive the help and guidance they need.”

Through meeting their team, we have learnt about their passion in supporting those going through the unthinkable and ensuring they make them situations better. This was the premise of why we had to be involved in the race. The charities managed to gather up a staggering 27 local business in Newark to take part. The event was held on the 15th September on the River Trent alongside Newark Castle.

Paddle Oar Else in action!
Paddle Oar Else

Our team, Paddle Oar Else, had a shaky start in the first race and nearly capsized in another, but managed to get an average time of 74 seconds. We unfortunately didn’t make it to the semi-finals, but the team are differently keen to come back fighting next year!

Paddle Oar Else team shot

The finalists were Blueprint Gaming, Derry Building Services and Staythorpe Power Station. The race was so close, but the best team of the day did win, Blueprint Gaming. We would like to congratulate them on their win!

We were really taken back on the turnout of people who came to support the event. Our team had a fantastic day and raised some money for two amazing charities. CSR work is very important to us, and we are always looking for ways to give back to the local community and their charities. The Dragon Boat Race was a fantastic way to give back, and have some fun whilst doing it! Be sure to follow our social accounts for images of the day and more of our fundraising activities:

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Footage from our final race

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