Abreast of Life (ABOL)
Are you a breast cancer survivor? Come along and give it a go!
We train on the Avon River at Owles Terrace. From the city, head along Pages Road toward New Brighton. Cross the bridge and at the roundabout, turn right. Entrance is about 300m on the right.
Paddles and life jackets provided.
Fully experienced dragon boaters available to help
Wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little wet, thermals if it is a bit chilly
You don’t need to be super fit; there’s no age limit.
All you need is a sense of adventure and a desire to have some fun.
Paddle our best and spread awareness
Honour the memory of those lost
Hope and inspiration at all times
Commit to a cure
Provide support and fellowship to team members.
Promote fitness, wellness, camaraderie and fun, which will enhance physical, emotional, spiritual; and social well-being and increase self-esteem.
Remember and honour those we have lost.
Offer hope and inspiration to women faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer by demonstrating the overwhelming benefits of rehabilitation and recreational exercise.
Support breast cancer research, local care facilities and encourage the pursuit of a cure.
Social and Fundraising
The team is involved in intensive fund raising (eg Sausage sizzle) to pay entry fees, travel and uniform costs.
We are generally willing to try anything that will bring a return to team funds.
Activities have included selling beer at AMI (Jade) Stadium, pumpkin picking, assisting at triathlon and walking events, warehouse stocktaking, preparing and packing home brew kits, labelling breakfast cereals, kitchen assistants at major catering events and balls, sausage sizzles,, Making cheese rolls and truffles, quiz nights, bingo, etc.
While fund raising brings us together frequently, we also enjoy fun weekend breaks away together, with Hanmer Springs and Akaroa being favourite getaway destinations. We also enjoy midwinter dinners, breakfasts and coffee breaks, and walking as a group round Hagley Park, on the Port Hills, or as part of organised public fun run/walks.