Front, left to right: Brenda Rositano, of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. Dragon Boat Festival Executive: Nicole Langlois; Heiko Behn, Chair; Pat McCann; Andrea Rosato-Taylor. Back, left to right: Dave Madiuk, Save On Foods (event lead sponsor) Brooks Landing Manager; Bob Lasota, Dragon Boat Executive and Rotary Club of Nanaimo North Beer Garden sponsor; Ian Niamath, Founding Director.
The Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival recently delivered $15,000 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation thanks to their 2015 Festival. The gift has been directed to the Medical Imaging Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) in support of diagnostic equipment for women facing breast cancer.
The Dragon Boat Festival is only possible thanks to countless hours of donated volunteer time and the paddling spirit of nearly 100 dragon boat teams from across the west coast of Canada and the United States. The event is also an economic boon to the City of Nanaimo as teams and their fans descend on the community during the July event. The 14th Annual Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for July 8 – 12, 2016 at Maffeo Sutton Park, and teams are expected from as far away as Newfoundland.