Dragon’s Abreast Peninsula Dragonfly’s celebrated the blessing of their newest Dragon Boat, “Bella”, on Saturday 5th December at their home base on the banks of the Patterson River, Carrum, Victoria.
The traditional Buddhist blessing was performed by Buddhist Monk, the Venerable Thong Dang and included the symbolic tying of string from the gold Buddha to “Bella”, followed by the blessing of the boat and all of the club paddlers.
It was a very special occasion for us as a club,” commented Club President, Tricia Lewis.
Bella is Peninsula Dragonfly’s’ third dragon boat. We are now fortunate to have two 20’s (paddler) boats, named Bernie and Bella, generously donated to us by Bernie Taylor of the Grand Hotel, Mornington. Our third boat, a 10’s (paddler) boat named Carly, was a surprise a few years ago as part of the Secret Millionaire television programme”.
The blessing was a moving ceremony attended by enthusiastic members of the club as well as Dragons Abreast Australia board member, Anne Stowe, members of sister DAA club Ballarat and representatives of Bendigo Bank, John Bainbridge and Kristy Marshall, who have also financially assisted the club.
“It was lovely to have special guests at this event”, continued Tricia. “I must also extend special thanks to Charles Zhang for his cultural insight and assistance in organising the blessing and to our club Vice-President, Linda Young for all her hard work in planning this event”.
The Peninsula Dragonfly’s are a Dragons Abreast dragon boat club located at the Patterson Lakes Canoe Club, Carrum. Currently the club has 60 active members who are breast cancer survivors and supporters. The members come largely from the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne South-Eastern suburbs. In 2016 the club will celebrate its 10 year anniversary.
From Tricia Lewis
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