Volunteers are sought for the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival, which returns to Maffeo Sutton Park the weekend of July 9, after a two-year COVID-related hiatus. (News Bulletin file photo)

Volunteers are sought for the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival, which returns to Maffeo Sutton Park the weekend of July 9, after a two-year COVID-related hiatus. (News Bulletin file photo)

Volunteers sought for next month’s Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival

Event returns to Maffeo Sutton Park from July 8-10 after being cancelled the past two years

The Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival is returning after two years and organizers are calling out to the community to lend a hand.

After being cancelled the past two years due to COVID-19, the sporting event, which raises awareness and money for breast cancer research, takes place the weekend of July 8-10 with a ‘Life’s a Beach Party’ theme, according to a press release. Volunteers are sought to assist with numerous aspects of the event, said Kyle Chow, one of the event organizers.

“We’re looking for positive people willing to help out with dock duties, site duties, and the dozens of other tasks it takes to produce a major festival like this,” Chow said in the press release. “Volunteers will be joining a small group of trained professionals who’ll guide them throughout the event.”

Chow said the festival is an ideal volunteer opportunity for senior secondary students looking for credit hours.

For more information, including how to volunteer, go to www.fgpaddle.com/races/nanaimo-dragon-boat-festival. Prospective volunteers can also e-mail volunteer@fgpaddle.com with contact information and volunteer preferences.

The festival will be held in conjunction with Crimson Coast Dance Society’s Infringing dance festival, the press release noted.

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