Heat is on for dragon racers

Linda Monaghan support administrator and Val Bonikowski activities co-ordinator are pitcured with some of the staff who will be paddling the boats

Linda Monaghan support administrator and Val Bonikowski activities co-ordinator are pitcured with some of the staff who will be paddling the boats

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WIGAN businesses are getting fired up to take part in a dragon boat race for charity.

Think Ahead Stroke Group is holding the spectacular event to help raise funds for its services, which support people across the borough.

The race will take place at Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club, Pennington Flash on Friday.

And following the success of a similar event last year at Scotsman’s Flash, Think Ahead has registered twice the number of participants for 2012.

Ten teams of 11 crew members will be taking part in the ancient Japanese sport, with the winners crowned Think Ahead Charity Dragon Boat Champions of 2012.

Wigan’s Asda distribution centre, which provided two teams in 2011, enjoyed the challenge so much that they spread the word throughout the nationwide company, with six teams from various branches will be taking part, including staff all the way from Bristol, raising vital funds for Think Ahead.

Think Ahead Stroke Group has been improving life for stroke survivors, their families and carers across the borough since the year 2000, through the Living With Stroke programme, which provides a range of suitable social and educational activities for members, with a focus on sharing experiences of stroke through their own Peer Support scheme.

Moira Morris, of Asda Distribution Wigan, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s Think Ahead’s Charity Dragon Boat challenge. Dragon boat racing is a great team building activity, as everyone has to work together to compete.

“Everyone at Asda Distribution Wigan is delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile local charity.”

Carol Sankey, executive manager at Think Ahead, said: “The response to this year’s Charity Dragon Boat Challenge has been fantastic; it’s now become an established fixture in the local events calendar.

“We’re extremely grateful to all the companies who have signed up so far, and to everyone who has sponsored the dragon boat teams.

“The funds raised from this event will go towards improving the lives of so many people affected by strokes locally.”

For details on other Think Ahead events, visit www.think-ahead.org.uk/Events or call 01942 824888.