Three New Zealand teams participated in the 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Florence. The opening ceremony (pictured above) was a fabulous mix of bright colours. The race was, in the words of one of La Bella Italia’s dear friends and CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team member Kiely, exciting, tough and noisy.
New Zealand’s teams came 2nd (CanSurvive), 11th (Boobops), and 14th (Abreast of Life) out of 120 teams. We are so proud of all the teams!
After the races there is a flower ceremony, where all the dragon boats line up on the water and supporters line the shore. Kiely says “this is to acknowledge people with breast cancer who did not survive. Organisers play a particular piece of music and everyone holds a flower then toss it into the water after the ceremony ends. It helps to remind me how lucky I am and grateful I’m still alive, and able to do the activities I do.”
La Bella Italia was truly honoured to host a fundraising dinner here at the restaurant in June for the CanSurvive Team, and we can’t wait to see them again when they return home.