Robyn Sack and Nancy Dow want other survivors of breast cancer to join them.
Robyn Sack and Nancy Dow want other survivors of breast cancer to join them.

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They have the paddle, but two Murwillumbah women are up the river without a canoe.

Well, without a dragonboat and crew, to be precise.

Robyn Sack and Nancy Dow, both survivors of breast cancer, want to start their own dragonboat crew in Murwillumbah.

The pair are calling for those touched by the disease to join them in Dragons Abreast Australia, a non-profit organisation which provides support and exercise for a growing band of breast-cancer survivors and supporters.

Robyn said there were well-established crews at Currumbin and Byron Bay, and their vision was to see a flotilla of "pink people" gliding up and down the Tweed River between Murwillumbah and Tumbulgum.

"Dragonboating allows people to get fit and healthy as well support each other in their quest to live well," she said.

The Dragons Abreast movement has been established for six years and is spreading worldwide with local and international competition.

Robyn said a team needs 60 per cent of the rowers to be breast-cancer survivors (women or men), the remainder being other cancer survivors or simply people who want to go join.

Interested people can attend a special meeting on February 7 at the Tweed Palliative Support in Nullum Street, Murwillumbah, at 11am, or phone Robyn Sack on 0266 724 774.



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