As another Dragon Boat Festival comes to a close, I am filled with pride and gratitude. 44 monkeys paddled their hearts out, danced, laughed and continued to fundraise right till the last minute to become the top fundraising boat in the festival. It was a grass roots approach that started in the spring with a Quiz night, wine raffle and direct asks to friends and family. Collectively our 2 boats raised $44,000 to support paediatric oncology. A big word for kids fighting for their lives battling cancer.
I am so honored to have led this group for 8 years. We have raised over $300,000 in that time and made many new friends.
This was my last festival leading the monkeys, as hard as that decision is, I have decided to direct my energy to other causes and events as well as the HMC sharing circle Endowment with the Winnipeg Foundation. My hope is someone will step in and take my spot leading the monkeys in the dragon boat festival. Stay tuned for whats coming.
What I want to share with you are the lessons I have learned over the years of participating in the festival. As I reflect on the 8 years and the successes, losses and frustrations I only do so with a huge smile on my face. Thank you everyone involved from paddlers, to sponsors, to donors, to families who gave up mom for a weekend. You all helped make a positive difference in our community.
Lessons learned from Dragon Boating
- It is best summed. up in this quote, ” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
- Life is fragile, enjoy every moment, live every day, be mindful, positive and loving as your last day is unknown. RIP Laurie Tooth, Scott Walker
- Team work is the best way to get things done. Always ask for help.
- Everything is more fun in a costume!
- Don’t sweat the small things, it will all work out the way it was suppose to.
- Funnest is not a word, but Boat 2 2018 truly was the funnest!
- You won’t melt if it rains, suck it up princess!
- Never tell the paddlers that you really don’t get wet steering. Oops
- Organizing monkeys and herding cats are synonyms! Love you all
- Our city and the people are the best anywhere. Thank you FMG and Cancer Care for all you do.
Paddles up everyone.