2001 - Survivors Abreast introduced dragon boat races to Peterborough. This community event involved 34 teams racing on Little Lake and raised more than $25,000 for the PRHC’s Breast Assessment Centre. It sparked a growing enthusiasm for dragon boating within the community.
2002 - Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival was presented by Kawartha Credit Union, the event’s platinum sponsor, hosted by Survivors Abreast and organized by the Festival Planning Committee. 50 teams participated and raised more than $90,000, most of which went to the Breast Assessment Centre at the PRHC.
2003 - The festival, presented by Kawartha Credit Union, platinum sponsor, included 84 teams, 80 local and 3 breast cancer survivor teams from outside the area who were invited to race with Peterborough’s Survivors Abreast team. The teams and broader community raised $158, 592 for the PRHC Foundation.
2004 - For the third consecutive year, Kawartha Credit Union stepped up to the mark as platinum sponsor allowing 96 teams, including 6 breast cancer teams, to participate. The event raised $175,123.57 for the PRHC Foundation and about $16,000 for Survivors Abreast, a total of $196,705.78.
2005 - This special fifth anniversary year registered 104 teams, including five breast cancer teams, four of which were guest teams from out of town, and raised $173, 443.42 as reported on the August 18, 2005 cheque presentation to the PRHC Foundation. Pledges kept on coming in and by October 20, 2005 the total had surpassed the previous year, a grand total of $175,300.39.
2006 - 100 teams raced including four breast cancer survivor teams, two of which were guest teams from out of the area. The festival raised $216,889.57 for the Breast Assessment Centre and $237,073.28 in total including $14, 183.71 for Survivors Abreast and $6,000 held over for festival 2007. Since 2001, $891,701.99 has been donated to the PRHC Foundation.
2007 - 104 community teams participated, including 11 visiting breast cancer survivor teams from across Ontario. This year, the festival surpassed the million-dollar mark, raising a total of $1, 079,794.49 since its inaugural year in 2001. The money will go towards the purchase of digital manmography units to help with early diagnosis.
2008 - About 102 community teams raised $167, 237 in pledges allowing the festival to present a cheque for $202,967 to the new hospital’s Breast Assessment Centre, which was officially named after Peterborough’s Survivors Abreast dragon boat team in a dedication ceremony at the hospital in August. The festival proceeds are the last installment for the three digital mammography machines that were purchased and are now installed and in use at the Breast Assessment Centre in the new hospital.
2009 - Organizers of the 9th Annual Dragon Boat Festival presented a cheque for $223,650.43 to the PRHC Foundation. That total was 21,583.78 more than last year’s cheque — and almost $7,000 more than what organizers hoped to get to buy three new pieces of diagnostic equipment:
- A $120,000 computer-aided detection system for breast MRI imaging, as well as
software for MRI breast biopsy.
- A $38,000 software application for mammography reporting stations.
- A second sentinel node probe ($59,000), which allows for a less invasive procedure and involves the removal of only two or three nodes to determine if the cancer in the breast area has spread.
In 2007, the festival proceeds brought the total given to the centre to $1,079,794. With last year’s $202,966 cheque and the 2009 donation of $223,650 the grand total was $1,506,410 and getting closer to the second million.
2010 - The 10th anniversary festival raised $222, 448.21 for cancer care at the PRHC making the total since 2001 $1, 728,898, only $271,102 away from the 2 million dollar goal. The proceeds from 2010 are slated towards enhanced cancer care at the PRHC. The money will pay for a new automated tissue processor to help with accurate and faster diagnosis of cancer and the remainder will go towards the PRHC’s efforts to bring a radiation facility to the PRHC.
2011 - In September, organizers announced reaching the $2 million dollar goal of funds raised since 2001. The final tally of proceeds going to the PRHC Foundation’s Closer Campaign was $271,348.37 to pay for the installation of a radiation facility and much needed laboratory and surgical equipment for cancer care at the PRHC. Eight awards went to the winning team captains for best times in each of the divisions. Final championship trophies could not be awarded as the races were cut short due to thunder and lightening on the day of the festival.
2012 – On October 2, 2012, organizers proudly announced that the 2012 festival (88 teams) had raised $223,257.84 this summer. The proceeds will help fund a new high definition ultrasound machine for the PRHC’s breast assessment centre.