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Dragon Boat Festival Revamped for 2012

November 6, 2011 8:21 AM | Sports

By David Klassen

Dragon Boat teams practice on Murdock Road (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Next spring’s Canadian Cancer Society Dragon Boat Festival will have a revived feeling after a new partnership with National Leasing Group Inc. and the Winnipeg Rowing Club.

The two non-profits are providing support for the annual cancer-fighting fundraiser on the water.

“After a decade of hosting one of the biggest dragon boat races in the province, we thought it was time to revitalize it and focus on making it more accessible and fun for all involved,” said Mark McDonald, executive director for the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division. “This partnership brings together two not-for-profit organizations that have a long history of investing in this community.

“Our goal is to help participants fight back against cancer, but also open up the event to businesses, organizations and individuals who may want to try something different,” said Nick Logan, on behalf of the Winnipeg Rowing Club.

Next year’s Dragon Boat Festival will take place June 22-24, 2012 on the Red River. Team registrations are now open at Cancer.ca.