• “When you push off from the dock … we’re all in the same boat. 
    This isn’t about cancer anymore. It’s about exercise and health and the rest of your life. 
    When we push off we’re paddling away from breast cancer.” 

    - Dr. Don McKenzie, Founder, Abreast In A Boat 
  • “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain!” 

    - Vivian Greene 
  • “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” 

    - T.H. Thompson & John Watson 
  • “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. 
    The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’ 

    - Nelson Mandela 
Behind the Cape Grace Hotel, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Mondays 17h30 for 18h00 and Saturdays 07h30 for 08h00

Flower Ceremony

An extract from the book “How to Ride a Dragon” best explains this ceremony.

"For the survivors of breast cancer the contradictions of winning and losing, living and dying, are played out in every dragon boat race.

They fight with their will and determination to win and at the end of the races they toss their pink flowers into the water remembering those who lost the battle for life. It is also done for those going through a reoccurrence of the disease.

At the moment that the flowers are tossed into the water, the paddlers are lost in the memory of the friends they have lost to breast cancer and friends who are battling it at the time.

The moment is a very real reminder of how vulnerable we all are.

Just as the race celebrates victory, health and life, the Pink Flower Ceremony honours the reality of loss, sickness and death."