Leading homeless charity, Simon Community NI, is set to make a big splash in September with the popular Dragon Boat Race in Belfast.
The charity is calling out for local businesses, clubs and societies to play their part and tackle the homelessness emergency, as 250 people become homeless in Northern Ireland each week.
Teams from novice to pro are invited to register for the big race on 23rd September.
The cost is £500 per boat, which holds up to 21 people, with everyone taking on the challenge to raise funds for the local charity.
Jim Dennison, Simon Community NI CEO said: “With the current homelessness emergency at hand, we wanted to expand our fundraising efforts and welcome a new event that has been designed for groups and corporates.
“Our Dragon Boat Races will be an adventurous day out, it will not only bring your team together for a bit of competitive fun, but it will help us raise awareness and vital funds for us to continue providing shelter and support services to some of the most vulnerable people in our society, every day in Northen Ireland.
“We hope to see you and your team there.”
The event, hosted by Bryson Lagansports is always a popular choice and promises to be bigger and brighter than ever with a BBQ and entertainment.
Teams are also encouraged to include fancy dress as part of their race plan for the day.
Colin Johnston, Managing Director Galgorm collection added “We have been supporting Simon Community Northern Ireland for over a decade in their mission to “end homelessness”.
“We are delighted to be involved in this year’s brand-new Dragon Boat race event to help raise vital funds for current projects.
“Our team have entered a boat and we look forward to racing down the Lagan, followed by a BBQ for all participants which we will be hosting.
“We would encourage all business, clubs, and societies to gather a team and get involved in this fantastic event.”
To take part in the Simon Community NI Dragon Boat Race in September, register your team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations for the event close on 31st August.
There will be a full briefing before the boat race begins.
Each team member must raise a minimum of £80 per person to take part or £1,600 per boat.