Westpac Coolangatta’s Katrina Moore, Kids in Need president Mike Lawson and Westpac Coolangatta branch manager Donna Smith get into the fun feeling of the Dragon Boat Festival.
Westpac Coolangatta’s Katrina Moore, Kids in Need president Mike Lawson and Westpac Coolangatta branch manager Donna Smith get into the fun feeling of the Dragon Boat Festival. Crystal Spencer

Dragons fire for kids

TWEED charity Kids in Need is holding its annual Dragon Boat Festival this Sunday at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.

Kids in Need raises funds to buy medical equipment for seriously ill and disabled children in the Tweed Heads area.

The Dragon Boat Festival is the charity’s most successful fundraising event each year.

In its 27th year, the festival is the longest continually running dragon boat regatta in Australia.

Kids in Need president Mike Lawson said the Dragon Boat Festival was a great event for the family and local businesses, with 34 races held throughout the day.

Teams are made up of businesses, community members, school students, and sporting club members.

Mr Lawson said the support and participation from the local community was always fantastic.

“This year we have 36 teams racing and in total 800 competitors from Labrador to Grafton,” he said.

The festival starts at 8am and ends at 4pm, with professional teams competing in the dragon boat sporting club final.

The charity is aiming to raise $15,000 through entry fees and stallholder donations.

The Coolangatta Westpac branch has been named the major sponsor for this year’s festival, donating a total of $5000.

Dragon boat racing originated in China more than 2000 years ago, and is now an international sport.

For details call (07) 5590 9171.



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