Dragon Boat racers raise over £2,000

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On Sunday 21st July, a beautiful warm summer’s day, ‘Team Harris’ led by Clive Harris took part in a Dragon Boat race on Fairlop Waters.

He says “For those not familiar with Dragon Boating and who are over the age of 60, if I say Hawaii Five-O you will have some idea of what I am talking about. For those not around during the era of that great U.S cop show filmed in Hawaii –Dragon Boats are long boats with approximately 16 rowers, 8 on each side with paddles. At the front of the boat on a raised plinth sits the drummer whose job it is to set the rhythm and to ensure all are working in time.

This event was facilitated by the Rotary Clubs of Barkingside and Tower Hamlets, with the idea that each boat raises funds for a chosen charity. I am a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Barkingside and my decision to select Jewish Blind & Disabled as my chosen charity was very much based around personal family circumstances and my great regard for what Jewish Blind & Disabled strives to do. My late Mother, Renee Harris, and my wife Ruth’s late Mother Maisie, were both tenants at Milne Court, and my father-in-law Harry continues to be a tenant there. I have always been struck by the warm and secure environment that Jewish Blind & Disabled developments offer to the most vulnerable and disabled members of our community and I therefore had no hesitation in selecting this charity for the Dragon Boat race.

The real challenge for me was in getting a team together, and over the last few months I managed to coerce members of my family as well as friends to participate. On the big day races lasting about 6/7 minutes were arranged on a one to one basis. Since our team were all novices I didn’t expect that we would do too well, and although we didn’t make it to the finals, by our third heat we had all bonded really well and therefore should be well set for victory next year! On the plus side we raised over £2,000 for Jewish Blind & Disabled and can’t wait to take part in next year’s race.”

Jewish Blind & Disabled would like to thank Clive and ‘Team Harris’ for all their hard work. If you would like more information about this challenge or would like to take part please email Danielle or call 020 8371 6611.