A Renfrewshire hospice is on the hunt for teams to compete in their first-ever Dragon Boat race on Castle Semple Loch.

ACCORD Hospice is looking for teams to join in the fun in Lochwinnoch on Saturday 13th July as they look to raise money for their Paisley site.

The Dragon Boat Race is a unique and exciting event, giving companies, clubs and organisations a tremendous team-building opportunity, whilst raising invaluable funds for the patients and families in ACCORD’s care.

Originating in ancient China, Dragon Boat Racing is a favourite among charities and corporations for its fundraising and team-building benefits.

Teams compete in Dragon Boats, which are large canoe-like vessels fitted with ornately carved dragon’s heads and tails.

No experience is required as full training will be provided on the day before the boats take to the water.

Teams of 10 can enter the race, with fancy dress encouraged and a prize for the best-dressed teams.

Each boat’s registration fee is £200, or £20 per person. Each team member must raise a minimum of £100 to take part or £1,000 per boat.

David McFadden, Fundraising and Communications Manager at ACCORD, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting this highly-popular event right here in Renfrewshire.

“Whether you’ve got sea legs or are a complete novice, we hope to see you and your team on the beautiful loch at Castle Semple raising money for ACCORD.

“As a free service, we rely on your efforts to continue to provide vital end of life care for people in our community.”

To find out more information and to register your team visit: https://www.accordhospice.org.uk/supporting-us/events/accord-dragon-boat-race.

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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