Drag queens make a splash at Manchester’s charity Dragon Boat Race

Colourful drag Queens, corporate teams, and hospital staff came together for a thrilling charity event last Sunday.

In a dazzling display of sunshine, sequins, and teamwork, Sale Water Park in Manchester became the vibrant setting for the second annual Manchester Charity Dragon Boat Challenge.

On Sunday, May 14th, hundreds of rowers and spectators gathered to witness the thrilling competition, as 42 teams battled it out on the water to raise funds for the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity.

This incredible organization is dedicated to supporting ten esteemed Manchester hospitals, including the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital, and Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Among the participants were teams representing these hospitals, including “The Play Team” from the children’s hospital, “Blazing Paddles” from the trust’s Research and Innovation team, and “The Proud Mary’s” from Wythenshawe Hospital.

The corporate world also embraced the cause, with teams such as “Zouk Dragons” from Zouk Tea Bar & Grill and “Aquaholics” from Peninsula Group joining in the excitement.

However, it was the Drag Queens who truly stole the show.

Dressed in sparkling dresses and sporting incredible wigs, the aptly named “Drag-On Boaters” mesmerized onlookers with their bold style.

Negotiating the grassy banks in high heels, they proved their unwavering commitment to raising funds for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Viv Williamson, Senior Events Manager at Manchester Foundation Trust Charity, commended the Drag Queens for their remarkable entertainment skills.

She noted that despite their late-night celebrations for Eurovision events, they arrived at the Dragon Boat Challenge full of energy.

The team delighted the crowd with their rowing warm-ups and infectious laughter, creating an unforgettable atmosphere.

Corporate teams and hospital staff members alike exuded enthusiasm throughout the event.

The spirit of camaraderie was palpable, with everyone offering unwavering support to their fellow participants.

The charity’s tent featured additional attractions, including a “guess the dragon’s name” competition and face painting, adding to the excitement of the day.

The Dragon Boat Challenge is expected to have raised over £25,000 for the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity, with many of the team’s JustGiving pages still accepting donations.

Furthermore, corporate partner Peninsula Group has committed to match-funding the event, effectively doubling the final total.

Looking ahead, early bird sign-ups for next year’s event have already opened, reflecting the overwhelming success and popularity of the Dragon Boat Challenge.

You can secure a place for your team by clicking here.


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