Sunday, 30 October 2011

Dragons Abreast Dragon Boat Races

Today the boys and I caught the train into the city and walked down to Darling Harbour to watch the Dragon boat races.  Each dragon boat is made up of breast cancer survivors or people who have been touched by breast cancer.  For more information go to Dragons Abreast Festival.

My sister Gabby and her husband Neil were paddling in the races today, in support of Neil's mum who has survived breast cancer and their team the NAPT Dragons from Wagga Wagga.  The races can get a little serious, but it's more about participation, fundraising and raising awareness for breast cancer.

There were lots of colourful costumes, outfits and many different teams competing from right across New South Wales and Australia.

Gabby and her spirit fingers

There were a few distractions in between dragon boat races.  An amazing park to play on. . .

. . . a few dragons, acrobats and drummers, really loud drummers. . .

. . . a walk around Darling Harbour and watched lots of little jellyfish.

We even managed to find some puppies to play with . . .

. . . but mostly we were there to watch the dragon boat races and to support those participating.

The NAPT Dragons from Wagga Wagga, Lee (Neil's mum is 1st on the left, Gabby 3rd and Neil 6th on the left)

The Flowers on the Water ceremony is a special tribute and a moment to reflect about those who have survived breast cancer and especially for those who did not.  The dragon boats are joined together in a row and petals are thrown into the air and onto the water after a moments silence and is a reminder of the battles with cancer that many women face every day.

Please remember to do your monthly breast check, it could save your life.  

If caught early you have a much higher chance of being able to fight and win the battle with cancer.


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