Thomas Holdo Hansen

Dragon Boat Festival 2014

Fundraising for HOPE - Harnessing Opportunities through Play and Education
raised of £2,014 target
by 69 supporters
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Participants: Tanya, Jo, Thomas, Nathan, Harriet, Ian, Zoe G, Lucy, Emma, Jean Moussa, Jo B, Penny, Charlie, and hopefully Lesley, Manolo and Julie (who all displayed promising paddling skills at Lake Farris) will make it on the day.
We fund grassroots projects in Cambodia to improve lives of young adults.


Thanks for taking the time to visit our Dragon Boat Festival 2014 page...!!

Team members:
 Tanya, Jo, Thomas, Nathan, Harriet, Iain, Zoe G, Lucy, Emma, Jean Moussa,  Lisa, Jo B, Laura, Mags, Helen, Penny and Georgia keeping the pace on the drums. And, not to forget, everyone who made it to Bewl Water to show their support on the day.

Dragon boat racing has long traditions in Cambodia with people from all over the country celebrating the Cambodian Water Festival (Bon Om Tuk) and watching the boat races in Siem Reap, in the provinces and, not least, along Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh which attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year.

Harnessing Oodlesofdosh through Paddling and Exhaustion

The Cambodian Water Festival lasts for (at least) three days, and commemorates the end of the rainy season as well as the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River. The English rainy season is rather constant and we'd be surprised if The Thames suddenly should change it's flow and run upstream from the Thames Estuary. We'll brave the English weather in a boat aptly named 'HOPE it floats...' and put some serious muscle behind our fundraising efforts in this year's Dragon Boat Festival at Bewl Water in Kent on Sunday 14 September.

A full Dragon Boat team should ideally consist of 16 paddlers plus one drummer, and due to the success of this year's dragon boat races, immediately got a few sign-ups for next year's event, so we're looking for some more people who would like to challenge their dragon boat racing skills in the Dragon Boat Festival 2015.... So, please get in touch if you would be interested in a fun weekend in The Garden of England where you'll be harnessing oodlesofdosh through paddling and exhaustion and, at the same time, creating awareness for local community projects in Cambodia.

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Lastly, on behalf of all the young adults and local grass-roots projects supported by HOPE, many big, warm thanks to all participants and dedicated supporters...!!

About the charity

With first hand experience volunteering in Cambodia the founding trustees set up HOPE to give the underprivileged children and young adults in Cambodia a chance to have a childhood and/or permanently improve their lives. HOPE intends to seek and support existing programs in Cambodia assisting young people with their education and social development where there is a need for further funding to expand either the variety of their activities (eg. provision of English classes or computer classes) or increase the number of young people they can support, where we strongly believe it will make a permanent difference/improvement to the young people in the programs, and where we can monitor the progress and results of the program. For further information please see

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