We did it! For the first time ever. The Hub on Rye Hill competed in the Bewl Water Dragon Boat Race to raise funds for The Hubs Buy a Brick Campaign.
What a day it was. A very beautiful, but huge Dragon Boat, requiring 16 paddler, not rowers, (there is a difference) some super human strength and stamina, and lots of co-ordination to propel it across the lake at breakneck speed..
The race was across 250 metres. Doesn’t sound very far, but believe me it feels it. To the beat of our fabulous drummer, Fran Thomson, and shouts of one two, we went for it, getting absolutely soaked in the process. And not once, but 3 times. All three races are timed with the fastest six teams going through to the finals.
Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the finals, but we had a great day, lots of laughs and great team spirit, and to our absolute delight, we have raised more than the £2000 target we set. A worthwhile venture on the open sea (or rather lake). The money will be used to buy essential equipment and resources for the centre.
So we would like to thank every single competitor, and every business and individual that sponsored us. The Old Borough Arms for sponsoring our entry fee, without which we would never have entered. Gusbourne Vineyards, Ryebay Ebikes, Rye Retreat, Rye Arts Festival and Rye Chocolates for supplying fantastic raffle prizes which helped raise a little bit more money on the day.
Everyone has been truly amazing.
To find out more about The Hub on Rye Hill please visit our website. www.hubonryehill.org.uk