New boat purchased
After a trial year of paddling our team managed to successfully bid for Brighter Borough funding, from Wigan Council to purchase our own Dragon Boat and fund some training events. This was an opportunity for the group to become self sufficient and we have now managed to send two of our supporters on helm training.
Awakening the Dragon
We had a ‘Launch the Boat event’ on 7th June 2011 where our consultants Mr Harland, Mr Prasad and Dr Anna Lionaki came to join us for the ‘Dotting the Eyes’ ceremony, where they took part in the Chinese tradition of dotting the eyes, which is carried out to ‘Awaken the Dragon’ when a new boat goes on the water or to arouse the dragon from its winter sleep at the beginning of each season.
On Saturday the 1st October 2011 some of our members went down to Worcester to the ‘Inaugural National Breast Cancer Paddlers Network Meeting’, a group being set up to coordinate paddling around the UK. We had a wonderful meeting with like-minded people, with visitors from as far apart as Edinburgh, Windermere, Liverpool, Manchester, Worcester and Bournemouth, this event was hosted by’Worcester Busters’ and they provided us with a brilliant buffet lunch.