Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Football Club and Rainbow Dragons Abreast, the Far North Coast dragon boat club, will team up for a Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Sunday, June 29, when Ballina plays Byron Bay in the Retravision Northern League match at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
Members of the Rainbow Dragons Abreast Dragon Boating Club will be well represented at the games, selling pink ribbons for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and circulating with donation buckets to raise funds toward the purchase of Lymphoedema sleeves for some of the breast cancer survivors in the area.
Ballina coach Graham Lees said: “We wanted to do something to support a worthy cause and several months ago we planned to have a breast cancer support day at one of our games.
“So we teamed up with Rainbow Dragons Abreast because their club exists to support women who have survived breast cancer and prove that there can be a second chance.”
The Rainbow Dragons Abreast Dragon Boat crew is seen paddling regularly on Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head in their bright pink rashies or t-shirts, demonstrating to those who’ve been recently diagnosed that there is fun and quality of life after breast cancer.
There’s a lot of laughter and exercise from training for competition in dragon boat regattas along the coast from Tweed Heads to Sydney at various times of the year.
Members come from all around the Rainbow Region, from Lismore, Casino, Woodburn, Ballina, Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Alstonville, Wollongbar, Federal and Ocean Shores, with ages varying from 42-70 years young.
So look for the bright pink tops (and wear one yourself if you have one) when you come to the game on Sunday and please give generously to the Rainbow Dragons at the game.
With members from all over the region they promise to cheer for both teams in the match and also raise some much-needed funds to continue the fight against breast cancer.
PICTURE: Ballina Rugby League Club members having a lesson on paddling are, from left, Peter McBurney (club trainer), Chris Kinna (club trainer), Graham Lees (coach) and Scott Kinna (first grade player). Rainbow Dragons in the photo are Judy Dodd, Denni Pearson and Laura Turner.