Last Sunday was a perfect day for a group of breast cancer survivors and their supporters to experience the beauty and calming effect of a paddle on Lake Endeavour outside Parkes.
Scientists say that feeling a sense of calm when we are around water has a positive effect on our brains. This was evident on Sunday with plenty of smiles and positive vibes floating around when Parkes Dragon Boat Club members stayed behind after their regular Sunday morning training session to entertain their guests to a paddle, slice, sausage sizzle and socialising. Patti Smith from the Forbes Dragon Boat Club also joined in to give a hand.
As the beaming paddlers stepped off the boat, they all agreed they had a fantastic time. “It is just wonderful, I’ll definitely do it again,” said Sandy Perceval. “It is a pretty spot and just great being out on the water,” said Jenny McDonald.
Lachlan Health Service McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Dianne Green organised a group of more than 20 breast cancer survivors, including their families and friends, from Forbes, Condobolin, Trundle, Parkes and Alectown.
“It is wonderful of the Parkes Dragon Boat Club to invite us out here,” said Dianne. “It is so nice to get them all together with their loved ones to share their common bond.”
According to Dianne the recurrence of breast cancer can be reduced by 25% by doing exercise. She said the opportunity to combine exercise and socialising as a group was fantastic. “It was lovely of the club members to stay behind to help us, it made us feel really safe on the boat.”
By Maggi Barnard