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Salmon Arm dragon boat event offered day of fun and camaraderie

Pink Piston Paddlers share gratitude for support
The Pink Piston Paddlers recently took part in the 2023 Salmon Arm Dragonboat Festival hosted by the Shuswap Rowing and Paddling Club. (Photo contributed)

The Pink Piston Paddlers breast cancer survivor and supporter team recently took part in the 2023 Salmon Arm Dragon Boat Festival hosted by the Shuswap Rowing and Paddling Club.

The weather, while dry, was also windy, making the paddling challenging for the participating teams at June 24 event in Salmon Arm. All 12 teams tried their best in the tough conditions.

The Pink Piston Paddlers (PPP) hosted a Carnation Ceremony which honours people fighting breast cancer and those who have lost the battle. The ceremony usually starts with a race between all survivors, but due to powerful winds the ceremony was brought forward to the wharf. With guests Joyce Kenoras, Adams Lake band Councillor Tara Williard sharing an Honour song, and guest speaker and past PPP member Betty Mohninger, a touching and emotional ceremony was held.

The PPP extend a huge thanks Uptown Askews’s and manager Heather Turner for the donation of the beautiful carnations, and to all volunteers and Shuswap Rowing and Paddling Club organizers. The Pink Pistons had a very pleasant day full of fun, laughs and camaraderie.


Read more: PHOTOS: Dragon boaters battle wind and rain in Salmon Arm
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