Properties of the World raise money for !
On Friday 18th August, we participated in the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre in order to help fundraise for their youth programme. Alongside us, there were a number of other local businesses present – each arranged into teams of ten – who raced around Docklands and Canary Wharf. Our team was called the ‘Churchill Squad’ which is reflected in our choice of army/doctor costumes in commemoration of Winston Churchill’s unique and effective leadership during World War II. The two heads of the event said that we had the best costumes by far!
The Properties of the World Team
Wrens Agnese, Marta and Jean and our Squad Dr Michael
Jean speaks more on her experience:
I loved it and honestly can’t remember the last time I had such a great time. We were given a brief lesson on how to paddle row. The proper way to paddle row is get your hand in the water, and indeed I did. The adrenaline rush from the whole experience helped distract us from the fact that we were all completely soaked!
‘In my late teens and 20’s’ I used to road race with a bicycle…this reminded me of that – just focus don’t look around and row as hard as you can keeping in rhythm with the rest of your team members.’ Jean Liggett
In the first round, we won, whilst in the second round, we were beaten by a nano of a second. We were so happy when it was announced that we were in the finals. Some of these teams were far more experienced while this was our first time!
Team members Alex and Aga and the chap who ran the race.
Preparation just before the race began.
In the final round, to our surprise we came in 6th out of 11th. As much fun as we had, it was important to remain focused on the goal – to enable children who would never have an opportunity to participate in water sports, to have regular access. I honestly cannot wait till next year to do it all again as it is a cause I strongly support.
Pic taken right after we finished our first race.
I would definitely recommend paddle rowing as a great team bonding effort. It’s amazing how focused and competitive we became when we had all the team members in the boat– all we wanted to do was win! There was no room for failure.
‘There was a raffle offering fantastic prizes such as champagne experiences, everyone really got involved – it’s almost like we were kids again. To my delight, the evening ended with lots of dancing to a range of music, from 80’s classics to more modern chart music.’ Agnese Volkova
What did we fundraise for?
The DSWC organisation initially set up this trust to make watersports more affordable and accessible for children living in their community. With the support of people like you and I, the 6,000 or so children and school groups that rely on these facilities for their sailing, kayaking and windsurfing activities will be able to continue visiting all-year round.
DSWC never turns away a child who is unable to afford to attend a session. To make sure that every child gets the opportunity, they provide a number of places for a discounted fee OR a fully sponsored place by the DSWC Trust
Through their carefully structured programmes, children acquire technical skills using the national governing body’s syllabus, by professionally qualified instructors. They also gain valuable life skills such as confidence, self-reliance, independence, teamwork, responsibility, reliability and trust in one another.
With Tower Hamlets and East London being one of the most deprived areas in the UK, and having the highest level of child poverty, many children cannot afford activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing. The DSWC Youth Programme offers children from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities that they would never have been able to afford.
Pic taken just when we arrived before the start of the race.
Moving forward, we are proud to announce that we will be supporting this charity and helping them raise funds in various ways.
‘I shall never forget 1, 2, 1, 2 as we rowed.’
Overall, the experience was both exhilarating and fun to say the least – we would definitely repeat the activity again. It not only set the perfect backdrop for activity and team building, but it also gave us a chance to give back to the community.