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Survivors Dinner - Friday July 5, 2019 - 5:00 pm

The Survivor's dinner - hosted by Nanaimo’s breast cancer survivor teams Angels Abreast and Abreast of Life, which takes place inside the Longwood Brewery beer garden, has been known to attract over 250 survivors and is not open to the general public.  Along with a wonderful meal, dance to DJ-tuned music and celebrate with fellow paddlers and survivors.

  • 5:00 Registration starts
  • 5:50 Speeches
  • 6:15 Dinner
  • 7:30 Survivor's Call
  • 7:50 Dance
  • 8:30 Piper leads survivors to the Lights of Courage Ceremony (open to the public).

Personalized invitations will be EMAILED early June  by the host teams to all registered survivor's team contacts. If you are on a REGISTERED SURVIVOR'S TEAM and have not received your invitation by June 15th, please email Judy @ borserio(AT)shaw.ca! Deadline to order tickets: June 21st.

Tickets are $25 each. To register: collect the money from all individuals attending the dinner and write one cheque payable to Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society. For US teams  purchase a money order or bank draft in Canadian funds equal to the number of tickets required, payable to Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society.  Mail to Box 575, Stn A, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5L5  Next email a list of paddlers who have paid for tickets to Judy @ borserio(AT)shaw.ca. 

Tickets will not be for sale at the door so be prepared and order NOW

Print off your confirmation and bring to Festival. Pre-purchased tickets only will be handed out at the door.

NOTE: There are many vegetarian options on the menu. Considering the meal is prepared for anywhere from 400-600 guests, it's difficult to provide special dishes with specific diets in mind. Save on Foods  has tried setting up special dishes at previous dinners and it has never worked well. There will be numerous salads (of all kinds) along with protein dishes, cheese, fruit, veggies, breads, desert, coffee/tea available. If we are lucky, the sundae station will be set up again this year. 

Lights of Courage Ceremony - Friday July 5, 2019 - 9:15 pm   

The ceremony honours everyone who has been affected by cancer. A lone piper will lead a procession of dragon boat breast cancer survivors to the edge of the Swy-a-lana lagoon. Lanterns can are purchased that evening allowing EVERYONE to participate!

  • 8:30 pm Oh Canada
  • 8:45 pm The Health of the Island chorus will perform "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"¬†

The ceremony offers an opportunity to reflect on someone meaningful in your own life. ‚ÄúIt doesn't just bring cancer survivors together; it recognizes people who have passed on. It is very inclusive and soothing to the soul‚ÄĚ ~ Fran Tait.

The Lights of Courage Campaign benefiting the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society starts mid-June. Beautiful paper lanterns, with space on the lantern’s tail for a special message, can be purchased for a small donation of $2.00 at the Ladysmith, Nanaimo and Parksville Save on Foods stores and the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society office.

Community members can also purchase lanterns at the Nanaimo Community Hospice Society tent at Maffeo Sutton Park during the Festival weekend. A Wall of Courage will be set up Friday night during the Lights of Courage Ceremony and will remain on site to hang your lanterns Festival weekend.

All Paddlers Party - Saturday July 6, 2019 -  5:30 pm

While this event it not open to the general public, it is open to all paddlers. Magic happens in Longwood Brewery beer garden, as it's the time for the teams to compete in something more important than a dragon boat race; it's time to compete in the team costume contest.Your time to shine!

  • 5:30 Doors open
  • 6:15 Dinner
  • 7:15-ish ¬†Dance /Costume competition¬†Length of time dependent on # of teams competing
  • 8:30-ish ¬†PARTY in the beer garden

Personalized invitations will be EMAILED early June to all registered team contacts. If you are on a REGISTERED TEAM and have not received your invitation by June 15th, please contact the Paddler's Party Registrar toll-free 1.866.760.2005 or by email at dragon(AT)ProReg.ca. 

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. For registered paddlers/guests: Collect money from all individuals attending and enter the required information into the registration form and make one payment.TICKET PURCHASE DEADLINE - JUNE 30th

Tickets will not be sold at the door so be prepared and order early, online!

Print off the confirmation of the online order and bring it to the festival. Pre-purchased tickets will be handed out at registration and at the door.

NOTE: There are many vegetarian options on the menu. Considering the meal is prepared for anywhere from 400-600 guests, it's difficult to provide special dishes with specific diets in mind. Save on Foods  has tried setting up special dishes at previous dinners and it has never worked well. There will be numerous salads (of all kinds) along with protein dishes, cheese, fruit, veggies, breads, desert, coffee/tea available. If we are lucky, the sundae station will be set up again this year. 

Panago Awards Ceremony - Sunday July 7, 2019 - 4:00 pm  

Sunday afternoon, the Awards tent will set up by the Longwood Brewery beer garden entrance to hand out medals. At 4:00 pm, the tent moves to the Longwood Brewery Beer Garden the where  everyone gathers to celebrate the fastest in many categories, a weekend of paddling fun and to grab a slice of fresh Panago pizza and a cold drink. 

PINS:  Bronze, Silver and Gold Pins for Final B Races collected by team manager.

MEDALS:  Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals

  • Breast Cancer Challenge Race
  • Women's Final A: Silver, Gold, Jade, Diamond, Platinum categories
  • Mixed Final A :¬† Gold, Jade, Diamond, Platinum categories

TROPHIES: 

Breast Cancer Survivors Challenge - 1st Place, The Bette Ainsworth Memorial Trophy; 

TOP FINISHING  SENIOR WOMEN TROPHY; TOP FINISHING  SENIOR MIXED TROPHY; TOP FINISHING LOCAL WOMEN'S TEAM - The Lorri Marriott Memorial Trophy; TOP FINISHING LOCAL MIXED TEAM; TOP FINISHING WOMEN'S TEAM; TOP FINISHING TEAM - The Alex Marriott Trophy

SPONSORS:

Trophies:  Save On Foods, Mazzie Electric. Nanaimo Port Authority, Paradise Foods, Longwood Brewery, Panago, E-zone Embroidery

Medals: Sloan's Heating Services, Lighthouse Bistro, Woodgrove Pines Wellness Clinic,  Nanaimo's Health Shop, Turley's Florist

Race Pins:  AC Taxi,  Syryus Solutions

Breast Cancer Survivor Pins:  Flying Fish

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society: Box 575 STN A, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5I5

Festival Location: July 10, 11 & 12, 2020,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

Privacy Statement: All personal information given by participants will only be used for administration and regular communication with respect to the festival and related programs and events. Your information will not be sold or given to anyone else with commercial intentions or otherwise.

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