Fri, 31/10/2008

Dragons Abreast Australia ACT and Region, have celebrated the arrival of a new 10 seater dragon boat as a welcome addition to their existing 20 seater boat.

The new boat named Gecko, took to the water after a traditional blessing by Buddhist monk, Venerable Master Quang Ba .

Following the blessing, members of Dragons Abreast, dressed in their signature pink, took to the water joined by Brumbies players Mark Chisholm and Julian Salvi, and Raiders Phil Graham and Lincoln Withers.

Speaking at the launch, Anna Wellings Booth, founder of Dragons Abreast (ACT and Region) said, "Dragons Abreast exists to promote positivity after breast cancer and encourages fitness, at all levels, to renew self confidence and a sense of fun.

"We have a great esprit de corps and I encourage all women who are breast cancer survivors to come and experience it," Ms Wellings Booth continued.

Also speaking at the launch, regional representative Jan Skorich commented, "While we really don't want new members, we encourage all women who have had breast cancer, regardless of age or sporing ability, to enjoy the delights of Lake Burley Griffin and the camaraderie of getting fit and having fun."

"This is yet another example of women getting together to support other women at a time of great need", said Mary Porter who was representing the ACT Government at the launch.

"I am pleased that my Government has financially supported the purchase of Gecko and I know it will be well used and used well by the women from Dragons Abreast."