Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival is a Great Success!

    It was a fabulous day at the Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival at Willen Lake on Saturday.

    MacIntyre was the official charity for this year’s event, and despite the team coming in last (out of 41 teams!), an incredible day was had by all taking part. Gable Events, the festival organisers have been working with MacIntyre over the past year to create another successful Dragon Boat Festival. Media partners, Business MK and MKFM have also been fantastic supporters of the event with MKFM being present on the day to broadcast from Willen Lake and try their hand at paddling. Special thanks also to Vanessa Barton Photography, official event photographers, and Melis, authentic Turkish cuisine and their sponsors Merinvest, who donated a prize meal to the winners of the most fundraised money for MacIntyre. 

    The festival raised over £13,000 for MacIntyre thanks to the Gold and Silver sponsors of this year’s festival as well as sponsorship raised from the teams on the day. Claire Kennedy, Head of Fundraising for MacIntyre said “we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the Dragon Boat Festival and for raising such an incredible amount of money for MacIntyre. All funds raised from the event will benefit people MacIntyre supports in Milton Keynes. We are already looking forward to next year’s festival and hope that you will all join us again”.

    Gold Sponsors 

    AFL Hyperscale 
    Alpha Club MK Ltd
    Calverton Finance
    EDW Technology Ltd
    Jarvis Group Ltd
    Little Star Media
    SMC Pneumatics UK Ltd

    Silver Sponsors 

    AC Flooring
    Forticrete Ltd
    Rockwell Automation Limited
    Willmott Dixon Construction

    Well done to the Brinklow Barbarians from Kuehne + Nagel, the winners of this year’s festival.  They also raised the most sponsorship for MacIntyre – making them the winners of a meal at Melis Restaurant for the whole crew, sponsored by Merinvest. All winners were crowned with a presentation of trophies, medals and bouquets of flowers, courtesy of Ruth’s Floral Design Studio. 

    Also in the prizes were: 
    2nd place – The Dragondoliers – Little Star Media
    3rd place – The Wild Hogs 2 - Cranswick PLC Milton Keynes
    4th place – Titanic – Jarvis Group Ltd
    5th place – Loh Mann Left Behind – Lohmann Technologies UK 
    Best Dressed Crew - Little Star Media 
    Best Placed Mixed Crew - Little Star Media 

    The full results can be found here

    In addition to the festival itself there were plenty of activities throughout the day to keep spectators entertained; a Tai Chi demonstration by the Taioist Tai Chi Group, Hamster Zorbing, a flypast from a Battle of Britain Dakota, and a giant Dragon cake which will feature on the popular Channel 4 programme Extreme Cake Makers in the Autumn. MacIntyre were gifted this incredible cake by Oak FurnitureLand following their store reopening that morning. The cake was made by Rosie Cake Diva who features on the TV programme.  

    For more information and to register interest for the 2019 Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival please contact Gable Events 01780 470718

    For more information on MacIntyre please visit their website or call 01908 230100 

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