The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society is unique in that we donate the net proceeds.¬†Since 2003, the festival has donated over $700,000 to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation and the¬†Nanaimo Community Hospice Society to assist in the diagnostic and treatment process, and care of, breast¬†cancer patients.¬†
The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society has been designated a position¬†on the Platinum Donor Wall at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital which is the highest honour of donor recognition provided by the Foundation.
‚ÄúWe are incredibly grateful for the continued support of local healthcare excellence from the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society‚ÄĚ,¬† says Janice Perrino, CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.¬†¬†
"Funds generously donated from the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society are greatly appreciated and go towards providing programs and services for individuals who are dying, care-giving and grieving,' notes¬†Jeanne Fahlman Nanaimo Community Hospice Society Director¬†of Development.
In 2016, Nanaimo Hospice's 250 volunteers reported over 30,000 volunteer hours; their professional counselors saw 436 NEW clients and attended 2,096 grief group sessions; there were over 600 lends from our library and to date 5,723 comfort cushions and 1,572 comfort shawls were lovingly created by volunteers.¬†
We are honoured to be recognized for making contributions towards the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer patients on Central Vancouver Island but the paddlers, sponsors, volunteers and members of the general public who support our event are the true heroes.