Vernon’s Buoyant Buddies fundraise

The paddles have been put away for the winter but a local dragon boat team is already preparing for spring.

The paddles have been put away for the winter but a local dragon boat team is already preparing for spring.

Vernon’s Buoyant Buddies dragon boat team is raising money to buy equipment and help fund its efforts Monday at #7 – 740 Waddington Drive.

A local Canadian skin and hair care manufacturer is opening its wholesale showroom to the public for one day only from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the club’s fundraiser.

The public can purchase popular product lines like Mystic Mountain that are normally only sold through wholesale orders.  There will be coffee and Christmas goodies, and free draws for gift baskets. All net profits from the sales that day will go to Buoyant Buddies.

Many breast cancer survivors have become involved over the years with dragon boating and Vernon’s Buoyant Buddies Dragon Boat Team is no exception. Survivor teams are located in communities world-wide. Vernon’s team has been around since 2003 and has competed at International Dragon Boat Festivals as well as numerous local events.

A cancer survivor has a daunting task of becoming physically and emotionally healthy again.  Taking up a sport like paddling can feel like an overwhelming idea at first but it doesn’t take long for a new member to find out how much fun it is. The repetitive upper-body exercise of dragon boat paddling helps breast cancer survivors keep body muscles strong and healthy.  There is also a great feeling of camaraderie within the team and a shared understanding of what they want to accomplish.

There are costs associated with dragon boating, of course. Vernon’s Buoyant Buddies try to fit fundraisers in during the year to help keep the costs down when they begin paddling again in the spring.

For more information about Buoyant Buddies email Eileen at keg@telus.net. Call Susan at 250-540-2538 for info about the event.