Define us by our talents, not homelessness. That’s the message from a group of young people competing in this years Tonbridge Dragon Boat Race.
Despite having an average age of 20, the competitors have all experienced homelessness and have been supported by homeless charity Porchlight.
Now, the residents from Porchlight’s young person’s hostel in Tonbridge have teamed up with engineering company HV Wooding to compete and raise funds for people facing homelessness. The boat they’ll be sharing was kindly donated by estate agents Graham John.
They will compete against 20 other teams in three separate races along the River Medway, the finish line is at the Big Bridge, on Sunday, 11th September.
It’s the first time Porchlight has competed in the Tonbridge Dragon Boat Race which is now in its fourth year.
Porchlight encourages all its residents to take part in physical activities such as the Dragon Boat Race. They can boost people’s confidence, get them out of old routines and have even been known to help improve mental ill health.
Sadly, the number of people forced to sleep on the streets is rising across Kent. All the money raised by Team Porchlight will go towards putting a roof over people’s heads and helping them rebuild their lives.
The Tonbridge Dragon Boat race, which is organised by Tonbridge Town Team, takes place every September. It aims to bring more people into the town and increase local trade.
You can help us support Porchlight and their work with the homeless in Kent by donating here via our Virgin Money Giving Page