This year, Pestalozzi entered the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival for the first time! This annual event on the Thames is a family fun day event organised by the London Chinatown Lions Club and is supported by individuals, professionals, businesses and families from across the UK.
Pestalozzi was honoured to have been sponsored by one of the supporting London based corporates, Lulutrip UK Limited. This sponsorship enabled us to enter a full team of committed and focused paddlers, comprised of Lulutrip employees (including their CEO), Pestalozzi alumni currently studying in UK universities, Pradosh Bista and Chandra Bhandari, and a number of other individuals from around the country who hadn’t previously been introduced to Pestalozzi. This was a wonderful opportunity to connect to a new diverse audience, all of whom were extremely interested in the work we do.
One of these new supporters was Elizabeth Chapman, a teacher hailing from Canada, who spoke highly of the event and Pestalozzi as a charity, "The Dragon Boat race was amazing! It was very well organised and I couldn't have been paired with a better boat of people! The Pestalozzi team was so fun, friendly, and welcoming! It was a diverse group of supportive people coming together for a common cause; much like Pestalozzi! I got to meet former students and hear first-hand about their Pestalozzi experience success story! James did a great job and I am very thankful for the experience; having made new friends but more importantly, having learned about a very worthwhile organisation which I continue to encourage others to support! I can't wait for next year's race!"
The day was a huge success which saw Pestalozzi take part in three fast pace boat races and eventually reached the finals of the ‘Charity Team’ category, where we came fourth. Fundraising Officer, James Bacon, said, "We were so well supported on the day; even members of another team decided to join us in the final race! Coming fourth was a real achievement for a team that had never trained together and I can’t wait to see how well we do next year with a bit of practice beforehand!”
We would like to thank Lulutrip UK Limited and all of the 2016 paddlers for their hard work on the day and for fundraising for us. We have currently raised over £600 and getting closer to our £1000 target. If you would like to help us reach this target, you can sponsor the team on this JustGiving link: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/pestalozzi/dragonboatfestival2016
As a team, Pestalozzi is excited about participating in this event again next year! If you would like to enter a team from your workplace or if you’re an alumni still living in the UK, we're looking for more paddlers to sign up to our team and enter next year. If you’re interested, please contact James Bacon, Fundraising Officer, on James.Bacon@Pestalozzi.org.uk or 01424 871 905.
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