On May 30th, Consul General Tan Xiutian attended the Dragon Boat Race 2010 for raising money for sick African children at the invitation of Dumfries and Galloway's Provost, Jack Groom. The event was organised by the city Council and Rotary Club with strong support from the local Chinese Community.
It was a clear sunny day with pleasant breeze. There were 19 teams participated in the race with more than 350 players including a local Chinese Team. About one thousand spectators were well attracted by teams dressed themselves curiously and colourfully. Some of them dressed as if they were the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, some pretended to be those blue creatures in cartoon Smurfs, some made themselves look like Indian tribal Chiefs and others wore Russian historical costumes...
After three rounds of strong competition, four fastest teams were chosen to fight neck and neck for the championship. Spectators excitedly rushed to the River Nith banks , repeatedly shouting and cheering: Put on steam! Put on steam! Finally, the Tangerine Dreamers won the Championship, the Chinese Community Team got the Runner-up and the Befrienders came third.
Mme. Tan and Provost Jack Groom presented jointly trophies, medals and certificates to the Top Three. The Provost thanked Mme. Tan sincerely for her presence and Tan warmly congratulated the great success of the Dragon Boat Race in Dumfries and Galloway for two consecutive years. Tan also encouraged the Chinese Community to carry on and share traditional Chinese culture with Scottish people and actively take part in the local charities work in the future.
A sum of sixty thousand pounds were raised through the Dragon Boat Race on the day.