September 27 - Aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, once again took part in this year's Great River Race, raising almost GBP6,000 (USD9,325) for one of the company's chosen charities, Heal.

The first Great River Race took place 23 years ago and now attracts competitors from all around the world - more than 300 teams took part in the event this year. The race down the River Thames starts at London's Docklands and finishes 21 miles later in the London suburb of Richmond, passing many famous London landmarks along the way such as the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Tower Bridge.

ACS's 18-strong dragonboat team - named 'No Plane No Gain!' - set about the gruelling course starting early in the morning in rainy conditions. The weeks of training paid off as they finished in a respectable time of just under three hours.

The money will go towards the ACS-sponsored I.T. block of the new Heal Paradise village for orphaned children in Thotapally, India.

Pictured below is the Air Charter Service team.