How does breast cancer screening and diagnosis save lives?
Last week we shared the good news that with early detection and advanced treatment, the five-year survival rate for women with breast cancer that hasn’t spread beyond the breast can now be as high as 98.5%.

Press play to hear from PRHC's Dr. Rola Shaheen how your donations will save lives right here in our region by supporting early detection at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

Don't forget to share this video with your friends, family and colleagues to help spread the word about why you’re paddling, and inspire them to support your fundraising goal!
Fundraising Update:
As of 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5th, we’re at 44% of our goal for 2017. With just FIVE DAYS LEFT to fundraise, it’s time to kick into high gear. 
Make those phone calls, send those reminder emails, and keep posting to your social media networks. Small amounts from your many contacts will add up to an incredible impact on the health of women and men in our community. 

"Last year I gratefully received several $5 and $10 donations which helped me to more than double my fundraising goal. It’s amazing what a community can accomplish when everyone helps a little bit."

Remember: people can only give when you ask them… so ask away!

Raised in the community.
Stays in the community.
Putting the FUN in Fundraising!

The FreeFlo Floaters held their annual ball tournament and BBQ in Douro to raise funds for their Dragon Boat team, which is sponsored by Graham Florence and Ryan Freeburn of FreeFlo Physiotherapy. This year’s tournament raised $1,505.00! Way to go Floaters! 

Photo: The "Save Your TaTa's" team from Bancroft placed second, but won our fashion vote!

Race Day: What’s New & What To Expect
The schedule explained and how we’re helping ensure participants have “the time” of their lives…

Our number one goal is that you have a GREAT time while raising money for a GREAT cause. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to keep Festival fresh and exciting (especially since so many of our teams come back year after year) and why we’re mixing things up once again…

This year, the race schedule is all about “time” – specifically, your team’s race time. Sticking with the very popular strategy of randomly placing teams in the morning heat (introduced in 2016), for 2017 we’re also thrilled to welcome 9 competitive teams (including 4 breast cancer survivor teams) from cities like Brighton, Richmond Hill, Pickering and Cobourg to really give you a run for your money in the first race. In fact, teams from ALL divisions have been mixed together in an open class for the morning race, including our very own hometown team, Survivors Abreast.
While you may find yourselves racing against a more experienced team in your first heat, there’s no need to be nervous. The morning race time will be used to establish your seeded position for the afternoon races. The idea is that you paddle your hardest to establish your best time possible (you may actually be amazed at how well you do!) and then in your next race, you’ll find yourselves competing against teams with similar times. This way, no matter what, every team will have the chance to feel the thrill and excitement of a race for the finish in the most balanced match-up, and that’s what it’s all about.

Other things you need to know:
  • Morning races start promptly at 8:50 a.m. and will run every 9 minutes until the lunch break and Flower Ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
  • Teams are asked to arrive at the marshalling area 30 minutes before their first race to allow time for team photos, orientation, life jackets, loading, etc.
  • Teams will be seeded in the afternoon race based on their morning time and the afternoon schedule will be posted online and on the scoreboard by noon
  • The afternoon races will commence promptly at 12:30 p.m. and will start with the fastest teams racing first, and end with the slowest teams – teams are asked to arrive at the marshalling area 20 minutes before their second race
  • The Regatta Championship Race will be held at approximately 3:30 p.m. and will be comprised of the four fastest times out of the 12 teams who competed in the Mixed Community, Junior and Ladies’ Division Championship Races (based on combined times from morning and afternoon races).
  • For added excitement and entertainment, a visitor’s championship 200-metre knockout race will also be held. The visiting teams (except BCS teams) will race the first race; the one who comes in last will be knocked out.  The remaining teams return to the start line and race again.  This will continue until there is only one team left standing (or more likely, slumped over and gasping for air!) 
  • The MacKenzie Cup championship race for breast cancer survivor teams will round out the afternoon.
The race for the Dragon’s Lair
We’re keeping a close eye on the fundraising leaderboard to see which team will qualify as the top fundraisers for 2017, getting the ultimate #dragonbragging rights: the DRAGON’S LAIR. There’s still time to make sure you’re in the running – last year’s competition was down to the hour, and raised thousands of dollars for our cause.

As of 2:35 p.m. on Monday, June 5th, the Blazing Paddles are still in the lead, followed by our defending champs, the RBC Queen Bees, and Wild Water Power has moved into 3rd place. Rhonda Barnet has hung on to the top spot for our community fundraisers, and Sharon Baptie and Pam Carnegie are now tied for 2nd.

Reminder: if you have any offline donations (cash or cheques), they must be submitted to Kawartha Credit Union by Thursday, June 8th at 12:00 noon to qualify for Dragon’s Lair. The winning team will be notified on Friday.

Keep the push on this week and thank you all for your AMAZING efforts! PADDLES UP! 
Why do you paddle? Tell us and you could WIN!
Join our contest to share your story about why you’re involved in Dragon Boat. Post your story on social media along with a photo - perhaps it’s a selfie with a teammate, a loved one, your family or the community - and you could win!

The first 3 people to tag us (@ptbodragonboat) in their post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will win a gift card from Cottage Toys. We’ll share your post to help inspire and motivate other paddlers and encourage others to donate. (P.S. Don’t forget to include a link to your fundraising page AND use our hashtag #dragonbragging!)

In order to be eligible, you must be a registered 2017 Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival paddler at the time of your social media post, and you must tag the Festival at @ptbodragonboat in your post. 
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