Canary Wharf businesses take to the water at Dragon Boat Race and raise £22,850 for WaterAid – 08.07.22

A splashing £22,850 was raised in a Dragon Boat Race for WaterAid to help bring clean water to everyone, everywhere. On Thursday 7th July at the South Dock of Canary Wharf, WaterAid, in collaboration with Canary Wharf Group, hosted the brand-new event based on a Chinese tradition from over 2000 years ago.

15 teams from companies in the vicinity of Canary Wharf competed in a series of time-clocked races. They took to the water between 12 and 5pm (following safety briefings and instructions, of course!) in competition to gain the title of the champions of Canary Wharf.

Many companies, including KPMG, Clausematch, Paysafe and WallStreetDocs took part. The very talon-ted Neon Bandits team which included members from local dragon boat clubs in the area came out victorious, with Canary Wharf Group’s security team and Clausematch earning their 2nd and 3rd place titles respectively.

Special awards for the best dressed competitors also went to Clausematch whose aquatic themed costumes stood out from the crowd and Yondr Group who were crowned the top fundraising team bringing an impressive £4,962 to the cause.

Corinne Stone, Senior Community and Events Officer for WaterAid, said: “It’s easy for us to take water for granted – whether we’re drinking it, washing with it, or even racing dragon boats on it! But the reality is that 771 million people around the world don’t have clean water close to home. We’re proud to have brought together people of all ages and abilities for this event and based on the turnout and fundraising efforts from our fellow local businesses it was not only a brilliant team day out for all involved, but one that will have a real impact.”

Lucie Moore, Associate Director, Arts & Events at Canary Wharf Group, said:

“The Dragon Boat race is an incredible day where our office community come together to battle it out in a show of speed and determination, have fun with their colleagues and most importantly, raise money for charity.  We’re very proud of everyone who turned up to compete, donate and support, contributing to making a real impact for WaterAid’s life changing work around the world.”

Kim-Joy Hewlett, spectator and star of Great British Bake Off 2018, said: “I came down to support my brother Kenneth who is part of the Neon Bandits team. I didn’t know he was into Dragon Boat Racing before so thought I’d come down to watch him raise money for a good cause. It’s been a lovely day in the sunshine!”

Emma Kempton, Global Head of Customer Success at Clausematch, who took part in the race commented: “I spotted this event was happening near our offices and I knew immediately that we must enter a team. The Clausematch team was really excited to take on a new challenge of Dragon Boat Racing, we are a super competitive bunch and were happy to give this our best shot so far as this is our first time. Delighted that we could raise money for WaterAid and raise awareness and contribute to making a lasting difference reaching people around the world with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.”

WaterAid is dedicated to making a lasting difference by reaching people around the world with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Globally, one in ten people lack access to clean water and a staggering one in four have nowhere decent and private to go to the toilet. Every day, around 800 children die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of these basic facilities.  

To further this mission the event is set to become an annual fixture. If you’re feeling like you’ve missed out and can see yourself and your colleagues competing in next year’s race, register your interest ASAP to compete in WaterAid’s Dragon Boat Race 2023 via this form.


For further information, please contact:

Rachel Sewell
PR Manager WaterAid
T: 07887 521 552

Notes to Editors

About WaterAid

WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28 million people with clean water and nearly 29 million people with decent toilets.

For more information, visit our website, follow us on Twitter @WaterAidUK, @WaterAid or @WaterAidPress, or find us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

  • 771 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.[1]
  • 7 billion people in the world – more than one in five – do not have a decent toilet of their own.[2]
  • Around 290,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s more than 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.[3]
  • Every £1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of £4 in increased productivity.[4]
  • Just £15 can provide one person with clean water.[5]
  1. WHO/UNICEF (2021) Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2020. Joint Monitoring Programme. Geneva: World Health Organisation.
  2. WHO/UNICEF (2021) Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2020. Joint Monitoring Programme. Geneva: World Health Organisation.
  3. WaterAid calculations based on: Prüss-Ustün A, et al. (2019). Burden of Disease from Inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Selected Adverse Health Outcomes: An Updated Analysis with a Focus on Low- and Middle-Income Countries. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. vol 222, no 5, pp 765-777. AND The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2020) Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. Seattle, WA: University of Washington.
  4. World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 9 million square feet of mixed-use space and over 1,100 Build to Rent apartments. 

CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK and also excels operationally as it has purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and sent zero waste to landfill since 2009. 

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live, work and thrive on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk. 

The Company’s current £2bn construction activity and pipeline includes more than 500k square feet NIA of commercial properties and over 2,300 new homes for sale and rent.
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