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Sector rises to LRWA’s Virtual Charity Challenge

by Jennie Ward

LRWA’s Virtual Dragon Team Challenge is a huge success as participants walk, run, cycle and swim throughout the UK – and further afield – to raise thousands for Mates in Mind.

The Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA) has revealed the winners of its Virtual Dragon Team Challenge – an event which has raised thousands for mental health charity, Mates in Mind.

Teams of up to 11 people from across the industry were challenged to walk, run, cycle or swim as far as they could in 30 minutes. Bonus kilometres were available for the photo of the activity in the most original place and the team with the highest fundraising.  

The winners were awarded based on the total kilometres achieved between 10 and 30 August 2020. A total of 66 participants across six teams took part and collectively travelled 377 kilometres within the three weeks. 

The gold medal went to the Westwood Warriors, the team from Westwood Liquid Technologies.

The gold medal was awarded to ‘Westwood Warriors’ (Westwood Liquid Technologies). The silver medal went to ‘Proteus Spartans’ (Proteus Waterproofing) and bronze to ‘Enter the Dragon’ (Polyroof).

Other teams to take part were ‘Moy Magic’ (Moy), the ‘Decothane Dragons’ (Sika Liquid Plastics) and the ‘LRWA Legends’ (LRWA).

The team that raised the most money for Mates in Mind was ‘Enter the Dragon’, which was awarded 10 bonus kilometres for donating £1,010. Proteus Spartans achieved the bonus kilometres for the most original photo, which was taken by Jamie Holden who completed his run outside Buckingham Palace.

Jamie Holden of the Proteus Spartans claimed the bonus kilometres for the most original photo which was taken following completing his run outside Buckingham Palace.

To date, the challenge has raised more than £3,000 for Mates in Mind and it will be donated to its Covid-19 Relief Fund, which will help support crucial mental health programmes during the crisis.

Sarah Spink, CEO of the LRWA, said: “The Virtual Dragon Team Challenge was launched as an alternative to our Dragon Boat Regatta 2020, which sadly had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. Rather than waiting until next year, we wanted to find a way to bring people together virtually and show our support for Mates in Mind during the Covid-19 crisis.

“People have gone to a lot of effort to get involved and many participants took the opportunity to gain extra kilometres by taking selfies at original locations. In addition to the photo outside Buckingham Palace, we have seen pictures of LS Lowry’s house, the Severn Bridge and Dunluce Castle in northern Ireland to name just a few.

“We’d like to congratulate the Westwood Warriors for a great performance and thank everyone who took part and made this event such a success. It’s proved a great way to get people talking, sharing their photos, and raising a significant amount of money for a very worthwhile cause.”

Demonstrating the competitive spirit of all those involved, some activities took place overseas while others were completed under challenging conditions. One participant braved an open water swim to support the event. Another team completed their challenges in a total of six countries with some members travelling across borders – one crossed from Switzerland to Italy on his bike and another from England to Wales also cycling. 


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