Dragon Boat Zumbathon
The Dragon Boat Atlanta team is sponsoring a Zumbathon Saturday at the Cherokee County Recreation Center. It will be hosted from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. by Zumba Jammer and instructor Barbara Smith.
The three-hour event will raise funds for breast cancer survivors and those still fighting the disease.
Dragon Boat Atlanta is a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters whose mission is to increase awareness of breast cancer, to share the belief that there is quality of life after breast cancer, and that exercise plays an important part in prevention and healing.
The dragon boat itself is a fiberglass or teak hull boat measuring 39 to 48 feet long. Teams of 20 paddlers sit two abreast with a steer person in the back and a drummer in the front.
The race boats are designed as replicas of Chinese dragon boats used more than 2,000 years ago. Dragon Boat Racing is the fastest growing water sport activity in the world, according to the organization.
Smith has hosted the event for the past four years. She got involved through her student, Kathy Cunningham, a member of the Dragon Boat Atlanta team.
“I met her and found out she was a breast cancer survivor. She was my student, and I wanted to support her,” said Smith. The cost of the ticket for the Zumbathon is a minimum $10 donation.
There will be ballroom dancing during intermission and a variety of vendors will offer items ranging from Zumba gear to jewelry, baked goods and energy drinks. Prizes will also be given away in the auction. The theme this year is “Party in Pink” and participants are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause. To find out more about the Zumbathon or to purchase advance tickets visit barbarasmith460.zumba.com/events.
Honoring the Champions
Southeast Restoration Group, an insurance restoration company, will also honor individuals affected by breast cancer with an initiative called “Honoring the Champions” throughout October.
It will celebrate those currently fighting the disease, survivors, and those who have passed away. These champions will be honored by sharing their stories on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
“Every day during the weekday we are posting stories about women who are in the middle of the battle and have lost the battle for breast cancer,” said Waylon Smith, business director of Southeast Restoration team. “Two of the women we are honoring have already passed away.”
The Southeast Restoration team aims to “restore lives while repairing property”, said Smith.
“It is unbelievably inspirational to the community…When someone feels isolated and alone and then reads about someone who has been through it, it makes people not feel alone,” he said.
The social media platform allows widespread access to the younger generations as well as those battling the disease remotely, he said. The initiative also aims to educate the community by communicating health risks, prevention, and medical advice.
“We see how ladies keep recommending the need for exams and keep talking to your doctors about the risk. Their lives could have been saved if they were going to the doctor on a regular basis,” Smith said.
There will also be an opportunity to donate $25 through the Southeast Restoration group for every job including water, fire, and storm repairs by the company. Donations go to the Breast Cancer Coalition Fund based out of Georgia with a focus on educating the state representatives.
To find out more about the “Honoring the Champions” initiative visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southeastrestoration.
Ride for the Cure
Sixes Tavern in Canton will also join the effort to support breast cancer awareness.
Ride for the Cure, a motorcycle ride, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. Donations include $25 per rider that will go toward the cause, minus band cost. All riders will be provided with a free buffet and T-shirt.
The event will also hold live music and lots of prize giveaway including a flat screen television.
Line up and registration will begin at 9 a.m.
The venue will also be selling pick gift cards with all proceeds going to breast cancer this month.
Additionally concerts this month will be held with specials that will support the cause.
For more information on Ride for the Cure and other Sixes Tavern events this month go to sixes-tavern.com/live-music.