Dragon Boat racing originated in Southern China and started gaining popularity in North America in the 1970s. It is the fastest growing water sport in the world and increasingly popular as a corporate team building sport and as a fundraiser. Each boat holds 20 paddlers, 1 steer person, and 1 drummer. The challenge of dragon boat racing lies in the synchronization of the paddlers’ strokes, not in the paddlers’ strength. All 20 paddlers, regardless of experience or skill level, paddle together for the dragon boat to gain momentum and glide through the water.
Staged on and along the waterfront of Montreal’s scenic Promenade Père-Marquette in Lachine, the FL Fuller Landau Cedars CanSupport ‘Rain or Shine’ Dragon Boat Race & Festival is a full day of competition and festivities. However, participation in the event begins well before Race Day! Teams of 20 paddlers per dragon boat, sign up throughout the year. Each team must raise a minimum of $12,500 prior to Race Day ($625 per paddler).
The participants are supported in their efforts with an interactive website, free practices, and a full support event planning team to encourage and help with fundraising ideas and activities. To make it more fun and to add to the competitive nature of this event, we offer all teams four (4) free dragon boat training and practice sessions in the months leading up to the event (June, July, August and September)
About the Cedars Cancer Institute
The Cedars Cancer Institute is a hospital-based charity whose mission is to provide comprehensive cancer care for all cancer patients – pediatric, adolescent and young adult (AYA), adults and those in palliative care – who are being treated at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The Cedars Cancer Institute fulfills this mission by providing much-needed funds to:
- Purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic oncology equipment
- Improve facilities for the treatment and care of cancer patients. Accomplishments include the creation of the Cedars Breast Clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital, renovations to Sarah’s Floor – the hematology/oncology division at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, renovations to the Palliative Care Unit at the Montreal General Hospital, and much more
- Run the Cedars CanSupport program, which offers free psychosocial, practical and humanitarian assistance to cancer patients and their families, as well as financial assistance through the Wilfrid Howick Humanitarian Endowment Fund
- Support cancer research through the Henry R. Shibata Fellowship Award
- Provide annual visiting professorships in oncology that bring world-renowned researchers, educators and physicians to the McGill teaching hospitals – the Vivian Saykaly Visiting Professorship in Medical Oncology and the Edward J. Tabah Visiting Professorship in Surgical Oncology
- Improve awareness of cancer-related issues through free public lectures and educational programs.