The Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival began in 2003 with 20 registered teams and has grown into a premier event with over 70 teams participating.
From day one, one main goal of the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society was to focus on raising funds for imaging equipment to assist in the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer at NRGH and supporting the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society . â€śWe are honoured to be recognized for making contributions towards breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care on Central Vancouver Island,â€ť says Heiko Behn, NDBF Society Chair.Â â€śÂ The paddlers, sponsors, volunteers and members of the general public who support this event are the true heroes.â€ťÂ
Dragon boating has become a signature sport adopted by cancer survivors. These paddlers come together for the moral support, the exercise, the excitement. Â They are all united in the fight to beat cancer.Â Teams from all over BC and the US will arrive ready to race in the Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival - a weekend of competition, camaraderie and celebration on Nanaimo's spectacular waterfront.