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Ultimate Kent charity challenge the KM Dragon Boat Race in Maidstone now open for booking

By KentOnline reporter

Schools, businesses and organisations across Kent are urged to make a splash at one of the biggest charity challenge events being staged by the KM this year.

Specsavers Tonbridge director Angus Hathorn launches KM Dragon Boat Race 2014

Specsavers Tonbridge director Angus Hathorn launches KM Dragon Boat Race 2014

The annual KM Dragon Boat Race is expected to raise more than £50,000 for charity. This week main event sponsor Specsavers launched the appeal for local organisations to enter the big race.

Simon Dolby from the charity department at the KM Group, said he hoped the event would set a new record for the number of teams taking part.

He said: "Last year 25 teams took part and everything is in place for this action-packed event to grow even bigger."

David Cavender, Specsavers regional chairman, said: "Specsavers is delighted to support the annual KM Dragon Boat Race and would encourage community groups, charities and businesses to enter and raise funds for the charity of their choice. 

"Specsavers in Kent is aiming to enter a team and we are looking forward to taking on KM readers. If you think your team can beat us, then prove it!"

Folkestone Specsavers staff with regional chairman David Cavender launch KM Dragon Boat Race 2014

Folkestone Specsavers staff with regional chairman David Cavender launch KM Dragon Boat Race 2014

Event organiser Katie McDaniel, of the KM Charity Team, said that the KM Dragon Boat Race is just as exciting for participants and spectators alike. 

She said: "Teams get a real thrill out of it and no previous experience is necessary to have a go. Best of all, you get to choose which charity you’d like to raise money for so there are lots of reasons to race the dragon this summer!”

Teams of 11 will try to paddle their way to victory with one of the crew beating a drum to set the pace. 

Each team will take part in at least three races with the fastest boats competing in the finals at the end of the day. The annual event is being staged on Sunday, July 6 at Mote Park, Maidstone.

The registration fee per boat is £400 online but organisations can receive a £50 discount when booking online by using the code KMDBPA14. For more information and to book a boat, go to www.kmcharitychallenge.co.uk 

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