The 16th annual Cameco Challenge the Dragon Boat Festival in support of Northumberland United Way raised over $21,000 to improve lives locally through the 2015 campaign. 

CN_Sept_12_364_Teams from near and far came to support United Way at the Cobourg Marina and Cobourg Yacht Club. The local teams put up a fight for the Northumberland Cup, but it was reining champions Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who took the title once again. In second place was Town of Cobourg and third place went to Regency Manor.

Two teams competed for the Education Cup at the Festival, Cobourg Collegiate Institute versus the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB) administrative team. It was KPRDSB who went home victors in this division.

“21 teams came out to race in the festival this year, and we are so grateful to every one of them,” said Lynda Kay, Northumberland United Way CEO. “The festival is an opportunity for people to try something new, or do what they love while supporting our annual campaign.”

Festival participants put forth their best effort to pledge donations for the annual festival. For this United Way shows their appreciation by awarding the “highest revenue raisers.” For the second year in a row the Rotary Club of Cobourg was the team to raise the most money. The individuals who raised the most were Peter Delanty, with the highest, and Tony Farren in second.

It’s always fun to add a competitive edge to the races, teams from Cobourg, Belleville, Wellington and Ottawa raced for the Club Crew Championship. It was two of the Ottawa teams Fleete of Foot, in first place, and Short a Foot or Two in second place.

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About NUW: Northumberland United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of health and social services in Northumberland County. United Way’s Community Fund moves people from Poverty to Possibility, ensuring children and youth grow up to be All That Kids Can Be, and helps build Strong Communities. United Way assists 10 funded agencies, invests $40,000 in grants annually, and supports multiple community programs and partnerships. In 2015, United Way will invest over one million dollars. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, United Way creates positive change in the lives of 1 in 3 residents in Northumberland County.