OSCAR Dragon Boat Race – uniting the shipping industry to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
The 16th of September will be the day professionals from the shipping community come together to take part in the eagerly anticipated team Dragon Boat Race event which will be held at the Docklands Water Sports Centre from 3pm – 6pm.
The Dragon Boat Race is in aid of the OSCAR (Ocean and Shipping Community Advancing Children’s Health and Research) Campaign, which is an innovative fundraising partnership uniting the international shipping community to raise significant funds towards areas of urgent need at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
The event will see teams of up to 10 members plus a drummer take to the water in a spectacular colourful Chinese dragon boat to raise vital funds towards lifesaving research into childhood cancers and immune diseases. In a little over a week, 15 teams have already signed up to take part, including AET, Augustea Shipping, A.M.Nomikos, ICAP, JLT and R.S.Platou, with many more entries expected. To accompany the Dragon race, for the pleasure of spectators, will be a free BBQ, cash bar, a live band (confirmed but yet to be revealed) and the chance to network, with many supporters from the industry expected.
The campaign is the inspiration of Phil Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker Consulting Ltd, whose son Oscar received life-saving care at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The campaign initially raised an amazing £500, 000 towards state-of-the-art new facilities at Great Ormond Street Hospital, creating the Sea and Oceans floor in the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building which opened in 2012. Now, on the back of that success, and inspired by the response, the campaign is aiming to raise a further £1 million, and has already achieved over £350, 000 towards this target, to support pioneering research.
Phil said “I am absolutely delighted with the response from the shipping industry so far, we have teams made up of Ship Owners, Ship Brokers, Insurance and Law firms, P&I Clubs and Flag Registries. September 16th is shaping up to be a really big day and will hopefully turn into an annual event in the industry’s calendar.
“What’s great about the research we are raising funds for is that it can help make a real difference to children’s lives as my family knows only too well. If Oscar had been treated two years earlier he would not be alive today. He benefitted from receiving treatment that was in an early stage of development and has since been used to save other children’s lives.”
Through the OSCAR campaign, the shipping industry has a unique opportunity to create a shared legacy, delivering tangible support to help advance pioneering medicine for children around the world.
There is a fundraising target of £5, 000 per team for the OSCAR campaign– with the team who raises the most, getting a head start in the race! To get involved register your mixed team of ten plus drummer by July 31st to guarantee your place. Contact Ellie Notley on 020 7239 3005 or email Ellie.Notley@gosh.org to register.
About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the country and abroad.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise £50 million a year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org