Dragons at the Docks 2017
Ireland’s biggest property companies raise over €200,000 in Dragon Boat fundraiser for Dublin Simon Community & Local charities
Six of the biggest property companies in Ireland joined forces yesterday for the inaugural Dragons at the Docks, which saw them raise a staggering €200,000 for Dublin Simon Community and local charities. The race, saw over 60 companies from Ireland's leading Property, Financial, & Legal sectors , all battle it out to become the 2017 winners of Dragons at the Docks.
Winners of each of the categories:
Dragons at the Dock Challenge (Grand Final) – Sisk
Property Companies Challenge – Green REIT
Property Agents Challenge – Hooke & McDonald
Building Contractors Challenge - Sisk
Built Environment Challenge – RKD Architects
Legal Challenge – Leman Solicitors
Financial/Advisors Challenge – Goodbody
Fastest Time – Goodbody
Well done to the SISK 1859ER’S representing SISK and captained by Shaun Mylles for winning the Grand Final
Over 720 competitors took to the water in a battle to out-do their nearest rivals including the six companies who backed the event, CAIRN Homes, Green Reit, Hammerson, Hibernia REIT, Ires Reit and Kennedy Wilson.
Organisers were delighted to announce the event had sold out within weeks of launching, with over 60 teams registered to take part within the first month. Property Industry veteran Paul McNeive, was MC for the day, while an evening of racing, friendly competition and excitement at Grand Canal Dock was followed by a BBQ and entertainment at HQ Bar & Restaurant.
Sam McGuinness CEO of the Dublin Simon Community said,
"The Funds raised from the inaugural Dragons at the Docks yesterday will support the acquisition of two apartments as part of the Simon Capital Development Fund, helping more people move to a permanent safe place to call home; making a vital difference to those who have been devastated by the homeless crisis. Each individual will not only have a place to call home but will receive vital wraparound supports such as counselling, education and employability, independent living skills and health and wellbeing to ensure they never return to homelessness and are able to rebuild their lives with their community of support around them."
In supporting the Simon Capital Development Fund, the Dragon at the Docks fundraiser is part of an innovative solution which will help Dublin Simon Community achieve an overall goal of 480 bed units within the next 4-5 years, helping up to 750 men, women and children move out of homelessness for good. Since the commencement of their five-year strategic plan in 2016, Simon have provided homes for over 260 adults and children.
Kevin Nowlan, CEO of Hibernia REIT, one of the six cornerstone sponsors of the event, said:
“We were absolutely thrilled to see the support from our fellow industry colleagues, and are delighted to be able to raise these significant funds for the Dublin Simon Community. This is the first of what we hope will become an annual event in the calendar in which the Irish property sector to help raise the much needed funds for the homeless”.
75% of the funds raised will go to the Dublin Simon Community, with the balance to be distributed to local charities in the Grand Canal Dock area.