An eager crew paddles hard at the Kids In Need Dragon Boat Regatta.
An eager crew paddles hard at the Kids In Need Dragon Boat Regatta.

Dragon racing plays community role

KIDS In Need Dragon Boat Regatta has raised about $500,000 for children with a disability or serious illness over its 27 years.

It is a phenomenal effort now recognised with a Tweed Shire Australia Day Award for the Community Event of the Year.

The event was held in the Tweed River at Condong for the first time last year because of construction work at the Jack Evans Boat Harbour.

Kids in Need president Mike Lawson said Condong was a great venue for the event.

The alternative venue has given the organisation something to ponder but Lawson said the boat harbour was the event’s home.

He was pleasantly surprised at the award nomination.

“It was fantastic, actually. It was something we didn’t expect, so it was really good,” Lawson said.

Almost 40 teams contested the annual event to raise funds for the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting disabled and seriously ill children.



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