This was an opportunity for teams of 10 sponsored paddlers to raise money for their chosen charities and have some competitive fun at the same time. Each team participated in a number of races. Points were awarded for a win, a draw or even a lose. At the end of the day, cups were presented to the winning team, the runners up and the best fancy dressed team. There was a BBQ, plus a bar and a soft-drinks/cakes stall on site.
Each team raised money through sposnsorship from friends, work colleagues etc . Rotary then apply for Gift Aid which increases the amount raised by 25%. From that new total, 50% returns to the team for their chosen charity and 50% is retained by Rotary for their chosed charities. Since 2008 over thirty teams have competed and raised over £70,000 for local charities.
In 2017, the event raised from team sponsorship, just over £7,000. Of this, from the Rotary share which is split equally between the 2 clubs, some £3,000 was donated to charities chosen by the 2 clubs eg Calvert Trust, Cancer reserach UK, Workington Lifeboat appeal. From the teams' shares, substantial donations were made to Cockermouth and Keswick Mountain Rescue Teams,Calvert Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust & West Cumberland Hospital whose staff are supporting a hospital being established in Tanzania, among others.