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Sponsor Five Dragon Boat Teams Made Up of Breast Cancer Survivors

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Sponsor Five Dragon Boat Teams Made Up of Breast Cancer Survivors
Year(s)
Since 1997
Invested Amount
$180,000

Project

Make a financial contribution to dragon boat teams in the province, made up of women affected by breast cancer and women who have survived it.

Description

In 1997 the Foundation funded only one team. Since 2007 we have been subsidizing five teams, that is, all the teams in Quebec made up of breast cancer survivors.

What Is Dragon Boating?

Dragon boating is a sport practised by a team of 20 paddlers seated in two rows of 10, who paddle to the rhythm set by a drummer at the bow, with a helmsman at the stern. One of the goals of a dragon boat ride is to achieve perfect synchronization among the paddlers.

Dragon boating made its first appearance in China some 2,400 years ago. The first dragon boat team made up of breast cancer survivors was formed in Vancouver in 1995. Over the years, positive physical and psychological effects were observed in women recovering from breast cancer who practice this sport. Other than the physical exercise itself, benefits also include a sense of camaraderie and of accomplishment. Dragon boating can therefore have a positive effect on the women’s recovery process.

Besides their regular team training sessions, paddlers also participate in local, regional and/or provincial competitions.