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Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival 2018
Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival 2018

It was a fabulous day at the Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival at Willen Lake last Saturday.

MacIntyre was the official charity for this year’s event, and despite the team coming in last (out of 41 teams!), an incredible day was had by all taking part. Gable Events, the festival organisers have been working with MacIntyre over the past year to create another successful Dragon Boat Festival. Media partners, Business MK and MKFM have also been fantastic supporters of the event with MKFM being present on the day to broadcast from Willen Lake and try their hand at paddling. Special thanks also to Vanessa Barton Photography, official event photographers, and Melis, authentic Turkish cuisine and their sponsors Merinvest, who donated a prize meal to the winners of the most fundraised money for MacIntyre.

The festival raised over £13,000 for MacIntyre thanks to the Gold and Silver sponsors of this year’s festival as well as sponsorship raised from the teams on the day. Claire Kennedy, Head of Fundraising for MacIntyre said “we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the Dragon Boat Festival and for raising such an incredible amount of money for MacIntyre. All funds raised from the event will benefit people MacIntyre supports in Milton Keynes. We are already looking forward to next year’s festival and hope that you will all join us again”.

Gold Sponsors

  • AFL Hyperscale
  • Alpha Club MK Ltd
  • Calverton Finance
  • EDW Technology Ltd
  • Jarvis Group Ltd
  • Little Star Media
  • SMC Pneumatics UK Ltd

Silver Sponsors

  • AC Flooring
  • Forticrete Ltd
  • Rockwell Automation Limited
  • Willmott Dixon Construction

Well done to the Brinklow Barbarians from Kuehne + Nagel, the winners of this year’s festival.  They also raised the most sponsorship for MacIntyre – making them the winners of a meal at Melis Restaurant for the whole crew, sponsored by Merinvest. All winners were crowned with a presentation of trophies, medals and bouquets of flowers, courtesy of Ruth’s Floral Design Studio.

Also in the prizes were:

  • 2nd place – The Dragondoliers – Little Star Media
  • 3rd place – The Wild Hogs 2 – Cranswick PLC Milton Keynes
  • 4th place – Titanic – Jarvis Group Ltd
  • 5th place – Loh Mann Left Behind – Lohmann Technologies UK
  • Best Dressed Crew – Little Star Media
  • Best Placed Mixed Crew – Little Star Media

The full results can be found here: http://dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/dragon-boat-festivals/milton-keynes/results/

In addition to the festival itself there were plenty of activities throughout the day to keep spectators entertained; a Tai Chi demonstration by the Taioist Tai Chi Group, Hamster Zorbing, a flypast from a Battle of Britain Dakota, and a giant Dragon cake which will feature on the popular Channel 4 programme Extreme Cake Makers in the Autumn. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/extreme-cake-makers MacIntyre were gifted this incredible cake by Oak FurnitureLand https://twitter.com/OFLoakfurniture following their store reopening that morning.  The cake was made by Rosie Cake Diva https://www.rosiecakediva.com/ who features on the TV programme.

For more information and to register interest for the 2019 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival please contact Gable Events carol@gableevents.co.uk 01780 470718

For more information on MacIntyre please visit their website www.macintyrecharity.org or call 01908 230100

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