Dragons Abreast paddle into life

Rainbow Dragons Abreast is a group for breast cancers survivors and their supporters, who paddle dragon boats together to forget their worries, share their stories, have a laugh and get fit.

Now, thanks to a $12,000 donation from 19 local Lions Clubs, Rainbow Dragons Abreast have a brand new dragon boat so more women can head out onto the water and enjoy this informal but very therapeutic activity.

The money was donated through the Lions combined Northern Community Trust, and according to Rainbow Dragons Abreast member Laura Turner, it was a very welcome gesture.

We were leasing our other boat and it means so much to have our very own, said Laura. Now we can take it to other communities, which we couldnt do with the leased boat, and enthuse other people. Its been very exciting and were really looking forward to our first paddle.

The dragon boat will be launched with a special ceremony this Sunday, September 17, at the northern end of Lake Ainsworth. Beginning at 10am, the ceremony will kick off with a Bundjalung welcome followed by a traditional blessing by a Buddhist monk to ensure good karma.

Everyone is invited to go along and enjoy the day, and the members warmly welcome anyone interested in dragon boat paddling.

For more information phone Laura on 6687 6807.

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