CFSSC’s Holy Rowers Dragon Boat Team will be competing in the 2018 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, August 25th at Heritage Park.
Last year’s team, with a majority of first-time dragon boat paddlers, made a surprise run and captured the Copper Division Consolation Final. They were also successful in raising over $7,000.00 for CFSSC community programs and services.
This year’s team is looking to get back in the winner’s circle, while also raising money for CFSSC lead community programs. Each of the 20 team members has pledged to raise a minimum of $250.00 with the team goal to bring in $5,000.00. The Holy Rowers are hoping to add an additional $5,000.00 through sponsorship and community support. $10,000 would go a long way in helping CFSSC continue to deliver community programs like Can You Feel It? (youth mental health program for high school students) and the P.O.T.S. Slow Cooker Club (senior program to alleviate loneliness and isolation).
So far the team has received tremendous support through sponsorship from Digital Giants, Adams Funeral Home & Cremation Services, and Compu-Solve Technologies. All three local businesses supported the 2017 team as well. Their generosity and sense of community giving is greatly appreciated.
You can get involved and help this year’s team by making a donation to the team’s Canada Helps page:
*Each online donation includes a charitable tax receipt*
Team captain Ryan Lay is excited to get the team back out on the water and support a great cause.
“Competing in last year’s festival was a unique experience. Our team improved drastically from our first practice together to our final race on event day. It was special to see so many people come together to raise money and awareness for the great services CFSSC provides. By supporting our team, you are supporting your community. All funds raised go straight to CFSSC community programs.”
The team will have a few practices together leading up to race day on Saturday, August 25th. Off the water, the team will continue to fundraise and build community awareness. Any donation made makes a difference and helps the team get closer to their $10,000 goal.
As mentioned above, all funds raised go directly to the following community programs:
Can You Feel It?
A youth mental health education program for high school students that focusses on the 4 main components of youth mental health. Chill (learning how to relax, meditate, and cope with stress) Chat (learning about available resources in the community to help with mental health and other needs) Fuel (importance of eating healthy) and Play (learning how regular exercise and physical activity can reduce stress and fatigue).
POTS Slow Cooker Club
Dedicated to helping isolated seniors socialize, make new friends, learn how to cook healthy meals and be educated on a variety of topics from fall prevention to eating healthy on a budget.
To help individuals in poverty to build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
To learn more about CFSSC visit: https://cfssc.ca/about
Last year’s team during a practice: