To launch the new partnership, which was announced yesterday (Monday), The Isle of Wight Festival and WellChild are hosting a Dragon Boat Race on St George’s Day (Thursday 23rd April). This is the first time a race of this kind has taken place on the island and will see a number of companies including BT, WPP Group plc and Mayer Brown compete on the water in a series of races and enjoy a day of entertainment at Island Harbour.
Outdoor Plus have sponsored the event, meaning all monies raised will go directly to WellChild.
Caroline Giddings, Commercial Director of The Isle of Wight Festival said:
“This is an important partnership for us. WellChild is a charity we feel passionate about and are committed to raising awareness and as much money as possible for them before and during this year’s Festival. The Isle of Wight Festival and WellChild together are committed to creating lasting memories and The St George’s Day Dragon Boat Race is a great first initiative to do exactly that”.
Colin Dyer, Chief Executive of WellChild added:
“WellChild is thrilled to be partnering with The Isle of Wight Festival 2015. We are certain we will benefit from the incredible energy and dynamism of this legendary event as well as this exciting dragon boat race organised in the run-up to it. Everyone attending the Festival this year can do so in the knowledge that, as well as having a fantastic time, they are also supporting some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK through funding WellChild’s work”.