Doncaster based tech company Meetupcall have shown their support for local charity b:Friend by taking part in the 10th annual Dragon Boat Challenge.
The race, which took place in July, saw 30 teams compete over a 200m course at Lakeside in Doncaster, with all teams raising money for their chosen charities, and a proportion of the money raised also went towards charities supported by the Rotary Club of Doncaster St George’s – an incredible £110,000 has been raised from the event over the years since it first took place in 2010.
The day itself was a great success with Meetupcall’s team ‘Meet-E’s Revenge’ reaching the semi-finals, however the most important thing was the money raised – as the team ended up raising an amazing £720 for charity.
Meetupcall’s chosen charity this year is b:Friend - a Doncaster based community support network that befriend our lonely older neighbours. Volunteers pledge 1 hour a week to visit a socially isolated older neighbour, have a cup of tea and a chat. Just 1 hour can help to reduce dementia, reduce the number of elderly using public services due to loneliness and reduce the need for early care and care homes.
On Tuesday, Corrin Logsdail and Dan Greenslade from Meetupcall visited b:Friend’s weekly social activity at Thorne Old People’s Welfare Centre. Before presenting a cheque for the £411 that will go towards the charity, Corrin & Dan joined in the group activity making bird seeders, as well as chatting with group members and volunteers.
Speaking of the decision to support b:Friend, Corrin said: "We picked b:Friend because we've all have had grandparents or known elderly neighbours and the challenges that comes with age. We felt it was important to support this fantastic local charity that is working tirelessly to befriend the older people in our area; especially as one day we might need someone to befriend us"
Speaking on behalf of b:Friend, the charities’ founder Mike Niles added: “"It's been absolutely great to receive the support of Meetupcall and our older neighbours loved spending the morning learning about the Dragon Boat Race. It's such an amazing thing the team did to take part in the event at Lakeside raising funds for our charity and we take our hats off to everyone that took to the water to support our local community.
“Our organisation aims to provide opportunities for isolated older neighbours in our community to come together, with befrienders or as groups, to have a bit of fun and laughter each week. It can be a long week when you're on your own and our amazing volunteers ensure people spend less time alone. We're so grateful for the £411 raised by the Dragon Boat team and this will allow us to deliver a number of engaging Social Clubs across Doncaster that include poetry recital, dancing, creative art and retro game show session."
For more information on the charity and to find out how you can volunteer you can visit their website at www.letsbfriend.org.uk, or for more information on Meetupcall their website address in www.meetupcall.com