Exciting Charity Dragon Boat Race in aid of the Rainbow Centre
06 June 2012
On 12th May, an enthusiastic team of Foresters Friendly Society
employees took part in The Dragon Boat Challenge 2012 at Mayflower
Park in Southampton in aid of The Rainbow Centre.
The Centre works to support children with cerebral palsy and
adults with MS and Parkinson's disease as well as people who have
had a stroke.
Competition was fierce as Foresters Friendly Society's colourful
boat raced against 13 others representing local companies for
places in the semi-finals. The Foresters team won three of its
heats very comfortably but was narrowly beaten in its fourth
Grant Streader, Head of Insurance Operations at Foresters, said:
"We might not have been the strongest or the fastest but we
developed as a team and the rhythm [of our stroke] was oozing from
us like a calypso beat on a Caribbean beach!"
The sound of beating drums and team leaders shouting the rhythm
of the paddling accompanied the action in the water. Live
music and family fun on the shore resulted in thousands of pounds
raised for The Rainbow Centre.