2022 has been a busy year for the Waikato Treasure Chests Dragon Boat Club, reports president Teresa Simonsen. “In April 2023 the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission Dragon Boat Festival is going to be held in our own backyard – Lake Karapiro. This is an exciting opportunity to offer survivors a once in a lifetime experience to compete against 84 breast cancer survivor teams from 14 different countries.” says Teresa.
Gisborne breast cancer charity group Terrier Race Against Time ran another hugely successful fundraiser on Sunday 27 November at the Ashwood Racecourse in Gisborne. There were 89 terrier dogs registered and 500 people attending for a fun day of flat and hurdle racing! Lots of people came all dressed in pink and there were prizes for the best dressed on the day.
Pink Dragons are pleased to see the movie/documentary "The Pinkies Are Back" is now available on TVNZ OnDemand. As a team of breast cancer survivors we share the ups and downs of regaining our strength after treatment, rebuilding our lives and finding wonderful friendships. Our story is one everyone can relate to in some way. It's a happy movie and we are proud to share our experience with others.
Since making the movie, we've had new people join us and others depart for new challenges. We are always happy to welcome new paddlers and will find a place for them on our boat.
Kenzie's Gift has engaged new therapists in New Plymouth and Invercargill. We also have therapists in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Lower Hutt, Christchurch, and Dunedin. A reminder that Kenzie's Gift therapy services and free resources online are there for tamariki (children), mātātahi (young people), and their families affected by mate pukupuku (cancer), serious illness, or bereavement.
A recent call for peer support volunteers and committee members has given Breast Cancer Support the best Christmas present: 20 support volunteers and a new Chairperson for 2023.
The new volunteers hail from many parts of New Zealand including Auckland, Waihi, Kapiti Coast, Christchurch and Dunedin and will receive in-house training for their support roles early next year.
BCS is still looking for more women and men interested in training to be peer supporters or committee members. Please email BCS on email@example.com to find out more.
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Check out the latest news from our member group, the Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust.
Busting with Life Dragon Boat Team are on the look-out for new members. Come and join us!
We can promise you increased fitness, a boat load of instant team-mates, a few laughs along the way and some competitive racing. No experience is required - it doesn’t matter that you’ve never picked up a paddle before. We’re New Zealand’s first Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat team and have been around for 22 years. Our team is open to all ages, presently we range from women in their 30s through to 60s, all sharing the breast cancer journey too. Training takes place between Westhaven and Lake Pupuke and we compete regionally, nationally and internationally. The season runs from October through to April each year.