CanSurvive dragon boat team seeking second-hand bras for Bali

Press Release – Can Survive
Wellington’s breast cancer survivor dragon boat team, CanSurvive, are heading to Indonesia next week to compete in a small boat (ten paddler) regatta in Bali.

So they have connected with the Balinese Pink Ribbon Foundation to ask if there was any way they could offer them some help in their work with breast cancer patients and survivors on the island.

Bali Pink Ribbon requested much needed 2nd hand bras, which can be handed out to village women as they travel across the island on their Pink Ribbon Roadshow, offering support and education to breast cancer sufferers.

In the spirit of ‘paying it forward’ as ‘breast friends’ the CanSurvive team have been busy collecting suitable second hand bras to donate to Bali Pink Ribbon when they arrive in Kuta next week. They will fill their paddle bags with bras to hand on to their Bali sisters.

CanSurvive, who took silver in this year’s National Championships, are completing their successful 2017 season racing in the three day South East Asian dragon boat festival.

“We’ve had a full on paddling season this summer, winning gold medals in Wellington, and at the North Island championships, then two fourth places at the World Masters Games last weekend” explained chairwoman Iona-Elwood Smith.

“This festival will be a great competition to finish up with, before moving into more off-water winter training.” she said. “It is also the perfect opportunity to connect with breast cancer survivors in Bali, and offer them some support.”

A few team members will also join Taiwanese male dragon boaters in a mixed team, which promises to be challenging and thrilling for the CanSurvive women.

They will also be travelling with their buddy team from the Hutt Valley, the Valley Dragons, who have entered into the mixed open division.

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