FIVE TEAMS – ONE HUNDRED PADDLERS – ONE CAUSE!

Rowing to Bring Missing Children Safely Home!

What a great sensation to be back on the water after a two-year hiatus! On Sunday, June 12th, bright sunny skies and smiling faces of our enthusiastic volunteers awaited our eager paddlers as they gathered at the Saint-Paul Locks for the 14th Edition of our Dragon Boat Challenge!

We could not have hoped for a more perfect and festive day along the Lachine Canal! Sunny skies … mild weather … motivated competitors… ideal racing conditions … professional guidance of 22Dragon and lively animation by Viva Entertainment! The incomparable and vivacious, Ednamation warmly welcomed our participants and jump-started the day with an interactive and playful icebreaker that had participants hunt for letters that spelled the word ESPOIR (hope), a reminder of the very essence of our critical mission.

 Despite the difficult economic context, our team captains and their members worked relentlessly for months to raise awareness about the plight of missing children and collect funds in support of our continuing quest to bring theses children home. Their perseverance, determination and devotion to our cause is to be commended! Thank you to all our teams for rising to the challenge and inspiring us to never give up:  Boomerang; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; Bronx, Rowaways and AsherYéNoir – you have honoured missing children and brought a glimmer of hope into the lives of our searching families!

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“It’s a privilege to be able to contribute to your efforts in keeping our children safe.  When I saw the stats particularly for Quebec, it really hit home the urgency to continue to educate our kids on the hazards that exist and ways to keep themselves safe.”

Suzy

Since I have been donating to your organization, I have been very lucky not to have lost any of my children and I now have 4 grandchildren!  I will always continue to support this cause that is very dear to me. Losing a child for a mere 20 seconds is such a dreadful feeling, and I could never ever imagine feeling like this until my child was returned home.  I wish that so many other parents could share the same blessing I have had. My heart goes out to everyone who has a missing child. Keep up the fantastic work Pina , please. You and your team are amazing!!

Sandra Bolduc

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