‘We’re trying to reflect God’s love and compassion’ says team coach
A team from Rhema Christian School was one of the 104 crews paddling dragon boats in a Peterborough breast cancer fundraiser.
The team name, Rhema Reflections, speaks to the group’s purpose, says Coach Dave Moon, also a Rhema teacher.
“We’re trying to reflect God’s love and compassion for us and for His people in our efforts to make a difference in the community for breast cancer survivors.”
Moon says the team did well both in terms of fundraising and racing times.
“We were able to contribute over $2,000 from our team alone to be part of the passing the million dollar mark for seven years of the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival, so that was kind of cool.”
Overall, the Rhema crew did “very respectably” with its racing times as well, he says, finishing middle of the pack.
The team paddled two races, placing first in its final heat.
Moon says the latter race was a highlight of the day. “We really got things together in the second race and stayed in stroke beautifully and showed ourselves well for our own performance.”
He was also moved by the final event when the breast cancer survivor teams, 12 of them this year, gathered. The names of the team members who have passed away were read and pink carnations tossed in the water.
“It was a really beautiful time,” says Moon. “It reminds you of why you’re doing it all, that it’s not just a big picnic, it’s for these folks and so there won’t be quite so many names on those lists in years to come.”
More than $177,000 was raised in this year’s Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival, bringing the seven-year tally to over one million dollars.
Funds raised go to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre for the purchase of a new type of equipment, digital mammography units. These units are able to detect smaller cancers, which helps people move onto life-saving treatment more quickly.