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Dragon boat festival returns to Kal Beach

The Vernon Dragon Boat Festival runs Aug. 18.  - morning star file photo
The Vernon Dragon Boat Festival runs Aug. 18.
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A major festival is once again returning to Kalamalka Lake this summer to make waves for breast cancer detection.

Upwards of 700 paddlers are anticipated to take to the waters for the Vernon Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 18 in support of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

The day of racing and fundraising will include teams from across B.C. racing 500-metre sprints and putting on an enjoyable event for spectators at the picturesque beach side location.

It will also feature a breast cancer survivor challenge race followed by a pink carnation ceremony to acknowledge those who are battling breast cancer and to remember those who have lost their fight.

The Vernon Rowing and Paddling Centre has teamed up with the VJH Foundation to include a pledge drive to raise funds for breast cancer diagnostic equipment.

Prospera Credit Union has partnered with the Go Rowing and Paddling Association to sponsor the event.

Steve Frisch, executive director of GO states: “2011 was a wonderful opportunity for the GO Rowing and Paddling Association to not only bring back the dragon boat festival to the Greater Vernon/Coldstream area but also to support an important local cause.”

Last year’s event raised $8,300, which went towards the purchase of four biopsy guns. Festival organizers are aiming to raise more than $10,000 in 2012.

“Giving back to our communities is an essential part of our success and we believe that investing in the well-being of everyone within our communities is one of the best investments we can make,” said Bruce Howell, Prospera president and CEO.

To register for the festival or make a pledge, visit www.vdbf.ca.

 

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