kawarthaNOW writer Jeanne Pengelly was at the 2016 Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival this past Saturday and asked a number of people why it was important to them.
The people Jeanne spoke to were some of the hundreds of volunteers, fundraisers, spectators, paddlers, and organizers who took breast cancer to heart on June 11th at the 16th annual festival. Since the event launched in 2000, individuals, teams and corporate sponsors have raised $2.8 million for cancer care facilities at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).
While this year’s total is still being tallied, last year the event raised over $163,000. This year’s effort will fund a new 3D full-field digital mammography machine at PRHC’s Breast Assessment Centre, which will help improve the accuracy of breast cancer screening and reduce the number of call-backs for second checks. The centre needs three of the machines; the first is due to be bought this year.
You can still donate to this worthy cause by visiting www.peterboroughdragonboatfestival.com.