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  • Row, row, row your boat for SOS Bus NI!
  • Row, row, row your boat for SOS Bus NI!

Row, row, row your boat for SOS Bus NI!


SOS Bus NI are inviting local groups to take part in their first ever Dragon Boat Race on the Lagan, a brilliant fundraiser to support a local charity.


The waterborne challenge is taking place on Saturday 22nd June, with the race starting at Bryson Lagan Sports on the Ravenhill Road.


Groups of friends, corporates organisations and community clubs are all invited to register a team to take place. Teams need to have between 13 and 17 to take part. No experience is necessary. Registration is only £10 per person, and SOS Bus NI is asking each individual to try their best to raise £75.


Gillian Thomson, Fundraising and Marketing Manager at SOS Bus NI said, “We are really exciting about our first ever dragon boat race. It is a great opportunity for people to have a laugh together whilst raising much needed money to help those who are vulnerable and in their time of need on the streets of Belfast”.


The event organisers will supply the dragon boats, the briefing and the safety equipment, whilst Johnson Brothers will be providing a coffee dock for the participants and spectators to enjoy. Friends and family are encouraged to come along and cheer for their team! There will also be a BBQ for everyone to enjoy.


Philip Mills, Group Sales Director at Johnson Brothers who are supporting the event said, “We are very pleased to be supporting this event and providing the Johnsons Coffee Dock, to help in raising funds for SOS Bus NI and the valuable service provided by the many volunteers involved”.


SOS Bus NI is a recognised safe haven that attracts everyone and at which everybody is warmly received.  For those who need emotional and/or physical help, the SOS team provides professional caring and medical services that have saved lives.


SOS buses are currently based in Shaftesbury Square on Friday and Saturday nights and outside the Odyssey Complex on Saturday nights.


The SOS Bus service has been applauded by Belfast City Council amongst others for the positive impact it is having on the streets of Belfast. The PSNI have also praised the SOS Bus for making a significant contribution to reducing anti–social behaviour and crime on the nights that it operates.

Since starting in 2007, SOS Bus NI has engaged with over 179,000 people, whilst in–depth caring and medical support has been provided to over 4,500 individuals and their services have been proven to have saved 11 lives.


To register a team and find out about how to make the 22nd June 2013 memorable for you and your colleagues or friends, contact Gillian on 9066 4505 or