13th Edition of The Fl Fuller Landau Cedars Cansupport Dragon Boat Race and Festival
Saw Over 500 Paddlers Take to The Water
Montréal, September 12, 2018 The 13th edition of the FL Fuller Landau Dragon Boat Race & Festival, in support of the Cedars CanSupport program, took place Saturday at Parc Père-Marquette in Lachine and saw over 1,000 participants and spectators attend. Mother Nature was on the paddlers’ side this year and the sun was shining for the event that raised over $440,000 and counting… thanks to the support of thousands of individual donations and corporate sponsors.
The paddlers’ village was buzzing with enthusiasm as teams took part in two qualifying races before lunch and a final race in the afternoon. However, winning on the water wasn’t the only goal, as each boat strove to outdo each other’s fundraising totals, with top teams raising over $62,000 in support of the Cedars Cancer Foundation at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The Camp Nominingue Alumni Dragons reclaimed the winning title from the Dusty Paddles in an exciting final race by 8/100th of a second.
Alexia Calvillo, wife of legendary Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo, and Lizanne Murphy, Cedar’s spokesperson and 2-time Olympian, were on site for the festivities.
Funds raised will be donated to the Cedars CanSupport program, which provides psychological, practical, and humanitarian assistance, as well as support services for cancer patients and their families at the McGill University Health Centre.
Founded in 2006, the Dragon Boat Race & Festival began with six boats and $12,000 raised, and has grown to an event of more than 25 boats, with over $5.9 million raised to date. Accounting firm FL Fuller Landau celebrated their 11th anniversary this year, as the presenting sponsor of the festival, and they also take pride in being active participants.
About The Cedars Cancer Foundation Since its inception in 1966, The Cedars Cancer Foundation has raised over $60 million in much-needed funds to purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic oncology equipment, improve facilities for treatment and care of cancer patients. Cedars CanSupport offers cancer patients and their families’ free psycho-social, practical and humanitarian assistance. In partnership with the Cancer Care Mission of the MUHC, a comprehensive cancer centre in Quebec that cares for patients and their families from childhood through adulthood, Cedars has relied on the dedication, commitment and generosity of Quebecers to help provide the best care possible for patients and their families of all ages battling this terrible disease. Visit www.cedars.ca
We gratefully continue to accept donations to this event benefitting cancer patients and their families, please call 514-656-6662 or donate online at www.cedarsdragons.ca
Anthony Calvillo Grey Cup Quarterback Champion Alexia Calvillo - Cancer Survivor "Alexia and I began as spokespeople for the Cedars CanSupport Dragon Boat Race & Festival, we have each waged our own battles with this awful disease. Knowing first-hand the devastating effects of cancer, and the necessity of the services Cedars CanSupport provides, we are honoured to continue to stand behind such an amazing event."
Alexandre Despatie Canadian Olympic Diving Medalist "This Dragon Boat Race & Festival has been so close to my heart. Come out for a day of paddling and fun. Join me in our fundraising efforts and together we can make a huge difference for all those patients battling cancer today!!"