The annual GoodBoats for Goodwill dragon boat race and cultural festival returns for its fourth year to Augusta’s Lake Olmstead Park from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2nd.
Teams are being signed up to take on the challenge of “paddling for a purpose”.
The competition features first-time, amateur and professional paddlers who will take turns racing the colorful 20-person dragon boats starting at 9:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Additional activities at the park include a festival showcasing Asian traditions such as the blessing of the boats and “Painting of the Dragon Eye”. Chinese cultural acts and an eggroll-eating contest will be among the festivities, and children’s activities, music, international food, beer and crafts will be available. Admission is free.
Competitive and novice crews are invited to participate. Boats and safety gear are provided.
All proceeds from Good Boats benefit scholarship programs at Helms College, the first licensed, nationally accredited and DOE Title IV eligible college to be established by a Goodwill organization in the world. To paddle, sponsor a boat, sign up as a vendor or volunteer, go visit GoodBoats.org or find Good Boats on Facebook, or contact Nancy Browning at (706) 650-5760, or email.
GoodBoats represents the opening of Goodwill Week, celebrated nationwide each year on the first full week of May.
For media inquiries, call Barry Paschal at (706) 726-1986, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Dragon Boat Racing:
Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, dragon boats are the largest flat-water racing canoes in the world. Constructed of solid teak, dragon boats weigh 1,500 pounds and are more than 30 feet long. Each dragon boat team consists of 20 paddlers and a steer person all kept in sync by a drummer.
About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA:
Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA builds lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. More than 82 cents of every dollar raised in Goodwill training stores underwrites education, job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area. Read Goodwill’s annual report here.
To learn more about services and individuals served by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, visit their website.