The Hope Afloat Canada dragon boat team presented a cheque for $2,300 to CVHF on Friday, Oct. 28 with funds raised from their annual Tag Day for cancer awareness held at various business locations in the Comox Valley.
Since 2003, Hope Afloat Canada and the Comox Valley Dragon Boat Society have raised nearly $27,000 for Cancer Care, Palliative Care and the Operating Room at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Hope Afloat Canada is an all-women’s cancer survivor dragon boat team formed in 2001 as a breast cancer survivors dragon boat team and offers membership to women surviving all types of cancers. Membership consists of approximately women of all ages and varying fitness levels, and they demonstrate through the sport of dragon boating that regular exercise promotes physical, emotional and spiritual well being for everyone.
They assert that paddling builds the necessary upper body strength which provides flexibility for those who have had various surgeries, including those who have had lymph node and reconstructive surgery. The importance of educating the public about breast cancer and all cancers is demonstrated through Hope Afloat Canada’s high visibility and participation at the many provincial and international dragon boat festivals and locally by participating at our very own Victor Simonson Nautical Days Regatta in Comox.
For more information on Hope Afloat Canada, visit their website here.
Thank you Hope Afloat Canada for your ongoing support of Cancer Care in the Comox Valley!