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Planet Paddlers

The Planet Media team, our friends, several clients and other members of the Planet Group recently took up rowing for the day in aid of The Oliver Field Appeal.

Oliver Field is a two-year-old boy suffering from a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a very aggressive type of childhood cancer.

We were among hundreds of other fundraisers taking part in The Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge at Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield.

We had a team of over 20 people for the three different races, which allowed everyone to have a go – with 16 rowing and one person banging a drum at the helm to keep us all in time.

Jill, who organised our crew (which we affectionately named 'The Planet Paddlers'), said: “It was a brilliant idea to take part in the event. There was a great atmosphere and despite our inexperience on the water we came sixth.

We each raised a minimum of £50 which put the total to more than £1,000.

Jill added: “I know Oliver’s family and I know people who have done other charity events for them such as sky dives but this seemed a great way to really get behind them as a team.”

Our local newspaper, The Examiner, also wrote an article on our team accompanied by a great shot of our team in the boat.

Having come in sixth place out of 26 teams, despite our lack of rowing experience,  we can't wait to enter again next year!

We learnt a lot of important lessons during the day, like the importance of all pulling in the same direction, teamwork and not to forget your sun cream!