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PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:28 05 July 2010

The Dragon boats are set to return to Oulton Broad this year

The Dragon boats are set to return to Oulton Broad this year

Gable Events has joined together with East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) to announce the launch of the third East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival.

GRAB hold of your paddles, it's time to ride the dragon again.

Gable Events has joined together with East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) to announce the launch of the third East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival.

The festival is due to take place at Oulton Broad on Sunday, May 11, and local companies, clubs and organisations are being called upon to enter their teams.

Last year over £16,000 was raised for EACH as over 30 teams from Lowestoft and throughout East Anglia did battle in front of several thousand spectators.

Managing director of Gable Events Merk Hauck said: “We were absolutely thrilled with the success of the festival at Oulton Broad last year and the venue was perfect for our event. All the feedback has been very positive and we are expecting this year's event to be even bigger, hopefully raising even more money for EACH and allowing more people to experience this exhilarating day out.”

Dragon boat racing is exciting and colourful, and with no previous experience required it offers a great team building exercise.

All of the necessary racing equipment is provided on the day with each crew of up to 11 people able to race a minimum of three times in the ornate Chinese dragon boats.

To accompany the on-the-water activity there will plenty of bank side activities and entertainment as everyone comes together to raise money for EACH.

Marketing manager for EACH Simon Hempsall said: “Relying as much as we do on voluntary public support, we are delighted to be the official charity for the Dragon Boat Festival once again and hope to surpass the fantastic total of £16,000 raised in 2007.”

EACH's three multi-disciplinary care teams help local life-limited and life-threatened children and their families with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life. They welcome the whole family for a break together or time to themselves in a home-from-home environment or in the comfort of their own home.

To help encourage the fundraising efforts, the crew that raises the most money will also receive a special banquet at the Malaysian Delights Buffet restaurant.

For further information on the festival and how to enter a team contact 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/eastanglia

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