The Challenge: paddle the last 100 km of the Rideau Canal. The Mode of Transportation: one 12 metre long dragon boat. Powered by: 20 breast cancer survivors fuelled by their message of hope.
This year, “Dragons Abreast Toronto” celebrates its 20th anniversary. It is one of the world’s first Breast Cancer survivor teams, and raises awareness of the importance of physical activity and leading a full and active life after breast cancer. To celebrate our anniversary, we are paddling the last stretch of the Rideau Canal to arrive in Ottawa on July 1st – Canada Day 150!
One of the key goals for our 20th year is to give back to the community. So we have turned this adventure into a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto. A registered charity, it offers support programs for adults, teens and children living with cancer along with their families and friends. Membership and participation in all its programs are free of charge.
The reason Gilda’s was chosen, says Dragons Abreast founder, Eleanor Nielsen, “We can never forget that we are some of the fortunate ones travelling the breast cancer journey. Gilda’s offers programs for people with cancer and their support networks, to help them through the challenges of treatment, rehabilitation, living with cancer or bereavement. It is an honour to raise money in their name, so no one has to face cancer alone.”
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DRAGONS ABREAST RIDEAU CHALLENGE – ITINERARY
Monday, June 26th – Edmonds Lock to Merrickville
Tuesday, June 27th – Merrickville Locks to Burritts Rapids Lock
Wednesday, June 28th – Burritts Rapids Lock to Pirates Cove Marina
Thursday, June 29th – Pirates Cove Marina to Long Island Locks
Friday, June 30th – Long Island Locks to Hogs Back Locks
Saturday, July 1st – Hogs Back Locks to downtown Ottawa
Note – It’s expected two other breast cancer survivor teams, Ottawa’s “Busting Out” will join us June 30th for a day of paddling, and “Prior Chest Nuts” from Arnprior, will join us on July 1st.