Banora pride: Banora Point Primary School got behind the Kids in Need Dragon Boat Races.
Banora pride: Banora Point Primary School got behind the Kids in Need Dragon Boat Races. Craig Sadler

Dragon boat day a huge success

ONE of the longest-running dragon boat festivals in Australia, the Kids In Need charity day celebrated its 25th year yesterday with organisers deeming the day a success.

The festival was held at the Condong Reserve in McLeod Street and Kids In Need vice president Sandy Rogers said the day “couldn't have gone better”.

“It was a really successful day,” Ms Rogers said.

“It was just fantastic.”

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School came first in the school final, and the Gold Coast Chinese Club took out first in the unisex division.

The corporate final was won by the Tweed Valley Early Childhood Intervention Service team and the sporting club final was taken out by the Lanakila Paddling Club.

There was even a turtle trophy prize waiting for the team who had the slowest time, which happened to be the newest team to the races, the Rotary Club of Mt Warning AM team.

Ms Rogers said people travelled far and wide for the race day.

“People came all the way from Brisbane and Grafton,” she said.

“I had people coming up to me saying it was one of the best-run regatta events they had seen.”

The mini dragon raffles also proved a success, raising about $11,000 for the Tweed Valley Early Childhood Intervention Service.



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