Fundraising Update: The Push Is On!
The 2018 Dragon Boat Festival is in less than two weeks! It's hard to believe it's almost June, but we're heading into the most exciting period now. Team practices start tonight and Race Day is about to feel a lot more real...

It's time to rev up your fundraising efforts with your teammates to take your best shot at meeting (or exceeding!) your fundraising goals and winning a spot in the Dragon's Nest, Dragon's Loft, or Dragon's Lair. Remember... every dollar you raise will help to save lives in our community by supporting world-class cancer care at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.
As of this email, you've raised $43,043.49 - that's 23% of our $188,000 goal for 2018. Keep up the great work!!
Raised in the community.
Stays in the community.
Amy's Story: Paddling for a Cause
Though our Festival is about community and team-building fun, the ultimate goal is about so much more. All proceeds from the event support cancer care in our region through donations to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation. As participants and fundraisers, you're helping to save lives like Amy's by supporting fast, accurate cancer diagnosis and treatment at PRHC . Watch Amy's moving video to hear her story first-hand:
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How to raise $500 in 5 days
Get your fundraising in ship shape with these tips. Add your online fundraising page link to your email signature. Ask for small amounts from many people. Remind them (and yourself!) of whom you're paddling for ... and why.
In case you missed it, there are serious perks in the works for our top fundraising teams...
In our last two newsletters, we told you about the Dragon's Loft and the Dragon's Nest, the coveted hangout spaces which will be awarded to the 2018 second and third-place fundraising teams respectively.

And now, we want to introduce you to the #1 prize: the Dragon's Lair !

  • A Luxury Tent in a prime Festival location
  • A dedicated butler to cater to your team's comfort throughout the day
  • Food! Continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day
  • Privacy tent to change out of wet clothes
  • Comfy outdoor furniture to lounge on complete with rugs under your toes
  • In-tent massage therapists to massage your team's well-worked muscles, and to provide a paddling warm-up/cool-down if desired
  • A Lair Social Director to keep your team on schedule for marshalling and races, and to add some special fun activities to your day
  • Access to the special 'Pink Potty' (exclusive use by Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Loft and Dragon's Nest occupants only)
  • Extra-special SWAG bags for your team!

As of today, it's still anybody's race. Just a reminder, if you have any offline donations (cash or cheques), they must be submitted to Kawartha Credit Union by 12:00 noon on Thursday, June 7th, to be included in the total for Dragon's Lair consideration.
Team Snapshot: Pulse Physiotherapy Paddlers
We chatted with Connor Massimo, co-founder at Pulse Physiotherapy and team captain of the Pulse Physiotherapy Paddlers, the 2017 community Regatta Champions, to learn more about why they're paddling.

Tell us about your team and how long you've been involved.
Our team is made up of mostly staff members from Pulse Physiotherapy and their significant others, [and] some long-time friends of the clinic to fill help fill the boat. This will be our third year participating in the Dragon Boat Festival. We have had such a great time over the first two years that we plan to make this an annual tradition. It is a great opportunity to do something active in the community that raises funds for such a deserving cause. We also use it as a team-building event and have a backyard BBQ and pool party afterward to fully enjoy the day!

What motivated you to join the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival?
We decided to participate for the first time 3 years ago because we were in our second year as a business and wanted to start a yearly tradition early on to help raise money for a deserving cause. Everyone knows someone who has been impacted by breast cancer and we love that the funds are all used locally at PRHC. Being a physiotherapy clinic, we also wanted to donate to a cause that promotes physical activity and wellness. We couldn't find a more deserving cause than Peterborough's Dragon Boat Festival and we have been very happy participants ever since.

Have any of you experienced cancer or had loved ones who went through it?
All of our team members have been impacted in some way by cancer. This year, we are dedicating our races to Connor's aunt Rose. Rose was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer at the age of 49. Unfortunately, she lost her battle a few months ago after a courageous fight with a very aggressive form of cancer. She was the music teacher at St. Mary's high school in Cobourg, was a loving wife to her husband Tim and an amazing mother to her daughter Jessie. Rose is dearly missed and this year we will be paddling for her.

Are you hoping to beat your fundraising total from last year?
We are hoping to increase our total amount to $2,000 this year. We have challenged each team member to raise $100. If we each reach that goal, we will break the goal of $2,000!

Do you have any preparation tips to share with new participants?
For new participants, some friendly tips would be: get as many team members as possible to your practice, timing is more important than strength, keep paddling hard all the way through the finish line, it is a great day: have fun.

What makes race day extra special for your team?
The best part of the day each year is just being outside with so many great individuals from our community. Seeing how hard the organizers and volunteers work to make sure everything goes off without a hitch is truly inspiring. We can't wait until June 9th to get back out on the water and compete again this year!
What's your story?
Are you a brand-new participant? Or have you been around since the dawn of Dragon Boat? Why do you paddle? What's your best Festival memory? If you or your team members have a fun, weird, or inspiring story, we want to hear from you. Please send us an email or a direct message on social media!
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