Support group in dragon boat bid

Dragons Abreast offers breast cancer survivors and supporters the opportunity to exercise and meet in a social setting. It started in Canada in 1996 and has been embraced in recent years by groups in Devonport and Hobart.

North Esk Rowing Club president Kerry Dawkins, Rotary Club of Youngtown president Marigke Lockwood, breast cancer survivors Angela Medwin and Kathy McConnell, and MARS fund-raising's Jan Pfundt
BACK: North Esk Rowing Club president Kerry Dawkins, Rotary Club of Youngtown president Marigke Lockwood, breast cancer survivors Angela Medwin and Kathy McConnell, and MARS fund-raising’s Jan Pfundt

Kathy McConnell, of Newstead, is one breast cancer survivor who can’t wait to step into a dragon boat, despite her fear of water. She said the paddling would aid survivors’ muscle development but said Dragons Abreast would improve much more than the paddlers’ physical health.

“When you go through the cancer treatment you have the support of doctors and the medical team but when the treatment stops, you’re on your own,” she said.

“Dragons Abreast would a fun way to bond with other survivors. It will be a really positive thing for so many Launceston women.”

Four survivors, MARS Fund-raising, North Esk Rowing Club and the Rotary Club of Youngtown are raising awareness of the project and funds for a $10,000 Chinese dragon boat.

All breast cancer survivors and supporters are encouraged to attend a meeting next week to form a steering committee. For details, or to make a donation, call 0408******.

FACT FILE

WHAT: Public meeting to establish a steering committee for Dragons Abreast, Launceston.

WHEN: March 21, 8pm.

WHERE: North Esk Rowing Club, Lindsay St, Invermay.

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