The 2011 Festival proceeds will purchase equipment for use in breast cancer surgery namely: skin mesher for skin grafting; 2 laparoscopes for non-invasive tissue sample collection; 1 wireless Sentinel Probe for tumor detection in specific lymph nodes. This equipment would not otherwise be available.
The Festival began in 2003 and this past summer was host to 78 teams from across Western Canada and the United States; it will be celebrating its tenth anniversary in July 2012. Title sponsor spokesman, Tim Robertson the Manager of Save-On-Foods at Country Club, said “the event connects the community and we are very pleased the money raised for charity stays here and directly helps people on Central Vancouver Island. This fundraiser continues to grow and is a healthy, fun, competitive event. ”The Festival provides healthcare financing, but it is also an economic boon for Nanaimo with thousands of participants and thousands more flooding the downtown core to cheer on their team and enjoy the lively site. Maeve O’Byrne, President of the Hospital Foundation said, “Save-on-Foods and the Dragon Boat Festival Society volunteer Board have done an amazing job at growing this event each year. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our city, but also to have meaningful dialogue about breast cancer.” She added, “I would also like to pay tribute to the many teams and individuals who take fundraising for a good cause to heart. Thank you for your determined effort in this fight to provide healthcare to the women of Central Island.”