Fired up for charity dragon boat race

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dragon boatBrave participants from the international shipping community will take to the River Thames in London next month, for a charity boating event.

The first London Shipping Dragon Boat Race is taking place on 16th September to raise money for the OSCAR Campaign which funds research at the capital’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

The campaign, run by a board of well-known shipping industry names, has already raised £500,000 to fund a new seas and oceans floor at the world-renowned hospital and was named after the Chairman Phil Parry’s son, Oscar, who received treatment for leukaemia. This latest campaign aims to raise a further £1million.

Following his diagnosis of acute leukaemia in 2003 and after completing three years of chemotherapy, Oscar was diagnosed with an even more aggressive type and after two bone marrow transplants and several terrible weeks on life support, Oscar was treated with a pioneering stem cell transplant which saved his life.

“This treatment and other new treatments are being developed every single day at Great Ormond Street and are saving children’s lives all over the world. This is crucial work that shipping is helping to make possible,” said Mr Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker Consulting.

“Thanks to the treatment, Oscar has come out the other side happy, healthy and a lovely young man. Please sponsor us and save more children like Oscar.”

You can sponsor the Spinnaker dragon boat team by visiting or if you would like to join the event’s generous sponsors, The Liberian Registry, email Mr Parry at