Sunday, September 14, 2008
On Sunday a significant event occurred in Paradise, a fledging community just outside St. John’s. The official ribbon cutting ceremony to launch the Dragon Boat occurred. Below is an excerpt from Monday’s provincial paper The Telegram. I hope you enjoy the collage of pictures I took followed by some larger images from the event.
More than 50 breast cancer survivors and about 300 supporters cheered on the shores of Octagon Pond in Paradise as the Avalon Dragons awakened.
In a ceremony to “awaken the dragon” the cancer survivors launched the dragon boat which they built themselves over the last year.
There is a strong link between dragon boating and breast cancer — the exercise helps combat lymphedema, a common side effect of breast cancer treatments.