Spectators are invited to bring friends and family to the V&A Waterfront marina for the second annual Oxford-Cambridge Paddle to Read dragon boat race. The morning will be packed with friendly yet fierce competition as the two university publishing houses compete to raise funds for reading on Saturday, 24 November 2012 from 9am.
The day kicks off with a school vs school race, which will see promising school-going paddlers from two Western Cape schools break water in a school vs school race. A fun charity race will then see key educational stakeholders and sporting personalities - including 2012 Olympic gold medallist Matthew Brittain (SA Men's Lightweight Four Rowing team) and 2012 Olympic Women's rower Lee-Ann Persse - take their places in the two dragon boats in their bid to "Paddle for Reading".
The publishing houses then gear up to go paddle-to-paddle in the tradition of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race - the major international sporting occasion drawing millions of viewers from around the world - with Oxford looking to unseat Cambridge, winners of the inaugural 2011 race.
The starting point is at the Two Oceans Aquarium and the race will finish off at the Cape Grace Hotel. A reading and activity corner will also be available on the day to keep the kids entertained.
All proceeds generated will be used to purchase reading books for The Shine Centre's language and literacy programmes. The Shine Centre is a non-profit organisation that provides support in literacy and language enrichment to children in Grades 2 and 3.
For more information about Shine please visit http://www.theshinecentre.org.za/
Event: Oxford and Cambridge boat race
Venue: V&A Waterfront Marina (Starting point Two Oceans Aquarium and finishing point at Cape Grace Hotel)
Time: 9am - 12pm
Date: Saturday, November 24th, 2012
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Starting point is the Two Oceans Aquarium and finishing point at the Cape Grace Hotel