Bearsden team take up dragon boat challange

A TEAM of colleagues from a Bearsden firm are taking part in a ‘Dragon Boat Challenge’ in a bid to raise cash for charity.

The 15-strong team from Roman Road-based legal firm CDFS will take to the water in a colourful regatta to raise much-needed funds for the Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre in Glasgow.

Named CDFS Hidden Treasure, the team will join in the fun at Balloch Castle Country Park on Saturday.

They will be dressed as pirates in the hope of clinching the ‘best fancy dress’ prize.

The event’s organisers hope that around 500 people will take part in the colourful sail, which is again expected to draw a 4,000-strong crowd of spectators.

Last year, the Chinese-style dragon boat challenge raised a whopping £40,000.

Val Crawford, Bobath Scotland community fundraiser, issued an urgent appeal for more teams to take part.

She said: “Not only are the participants and their supporters extremely generous, the crowds have always dug deep to raise vital funds for Bobath Scotland at this annual event.

“We’d urge anyone who’s looking for a great family day out to come along, soak up the atmosphere and join in the fun. Our sincere thanks go to long-term supporters CDFS - and, of course, to all the other participants who support this event.”

Dragon Boat Challenge prizes will be awarded to the winning team, the runners-up, the team to raise the highest sponsorship total, the highest individual participant sponsorship total, and the best fancy dress team.

Sponsorship and donations allow Bobath Scotland to offer hundreds of people with cerebral palsy holistic therapy.

The charity’s unique therapy technique helps to improve posture, balance and interaction.

Donna Tait, of CDFS, said: “As a firm we have entered the Dragon Boats Challenge a number of times over the years, and it is a fantastic day out. As always, we are thoroughly looking forward to the event. We’d urge other businesses and friends to rally round and form a team to help generate funds that will further the work of this marvellous charity.”

To take part, teams have to raise a minimum sponsorship total of £1000, and the entry fee per boat is £500. Shore-side entertainment will be provided. To encourage late entrants, the timescale for payment of the entry fee has been extended.

For further information, please call Val on 0141 352 5000, or e-mail