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Company continues support for big dragon boat festival

Posted onPosted on 1st Jul
Company continues support for big dragon boat festival

Newark Dragon Boat Festival has announced that GXO Logistics will return as its headline sponsor for a third successive year.

Inspire and Newark and Sherwood District Council have joined as event partners.
Helen Johnson, HR manager at GXO, said: “We at GXO Logistics partner with Currys, and love to be part of this wonderful day.

“We enjoy being part of this community and see everyone come together for fun and laughter, with a side of competition. All of this is in aid of wonderful charities.”

A total of 39 crews will take to the water on Sunday, 15th September, for the fifth dragon boat festival, jointly organised by Beaumond House Hospice Care and The Children’s Bereavement Centre, both Newark-based charities.

Clare Janes, of Inspire, added: “The Inspire Buttermarket team were thrilled to take part in the Dragon Boat Festival in 2023 and it’s now become a regular, ‘not to be missed’, date on our calendar.

“We went along to support the event by running a free dragon puppet workshop with artist Ling Peng and to talk to the local community about all the great courses we have taking place at the new Inspire Buttermarket facility in Newark.

“We were also able to provide the hilarious Damsels in Distress, who rode on their trusty dragons, scoping out the festival for any available handsome princes. And while they made people smile, we gave out our publicity.

“The day was a really effective way of spreading news about positive educational opportunities in the area and we’re looking forward to having an even larger area in 2024, when Inspire College join us to talk to young people about the courses we can offer them in Newark.

“The event was really well organised, with lots of staff and many, many volunteers on-hand to offer help where needed and there was a great range of high-quality food and drink stalls.

“I’d recommend the event to anybody who wants to raise awareness of what they are doing in the Newark area and anyone who wants to make a positive contribution to these worthy causes.”
Companies interested in supporting the event have the opportunity to sponsor the event medals and boats.

For further details, contact Rachel at the The Children’s Bereavement Centre via email at or by calling 01636 600120.

Each team will take part in three races with the fastest teams going through to the semi-final.
As well as the boat races, there will be fun for all the family, including live music, inflatables, and local food and drink.

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