EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Online registration for the fifth annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival in Eau Claire begins Friday, March 1. Register at halfmoondragonboat.org. All teams are encouraged to fundraise in support of this event. Fundraising tools will be provided. Top fundraising teams will receive awards.
The Saturday, Aug. 3, event will support local cancer programs and services, celebrate cancer survivors and honor memories of those lost to cancer, and raise awareness about cancer prevention and education. The festival is a high-energy, fun-filled day that has been named the Best Sports Recreation Event Non-Run/Walk by Volume One Magazine for the past three years.
Dragon boat teams will race along a 250-meter course on Half Moon Lake. Dragon boat racing has its roots in ancient China and is a fast-growing water sport. Each long, sleek boat is propelled by a crew of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson. Dragon boating is for people 14 and older and all fitness levels. Corporate and community teams are invited to participate in the festival.
The event is a joint partnership between Mayo Clinic Health System and Hope in the Valley — a Chippewa Valley-based nonprofit cancer advocacy organization.
“Over the past four years, the Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival has grown tremendously thanks to thousands of participants and volunteers, along with the support of sponsors and partners, like Hope in the Valley,” says Sara Carstens, director of Community Wellness and Engagement for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “A cancer diagnosis is life-changing — not just for the patient, but also for family, friends and co-workers. We’re honored this event helps support organizations making a positive impact in the lives of cancer patients who live here in the Chippewa Valley.”
Renelle Laffe with Hope in the Valley adds, “We are aiming to raise at least $70,000 in net proceeds and have 52 teams paddling on Half Moon Lake. We know there is a significant need for local cancer support service funding. Bringing the community together to support this need in a fun, deeply meaningful way is both powerful and healing.”
The family-friendly festival will include music, food and children’s activities.
For more information about registration or sponsorships, call Laffe at 715-864-9500. Get more information about cancer care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
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