Our friends

On this page you will find all the organisations in our network that make up the large and diverse New Zealand and international community around breast cancer survivor Dragonboating as well as key organisations taking on breast cancer and supporting those who must face it. 

Breast cancer support organisations


the new zealand breast cancer foundation

The NZBCF is the country’s foremost breast cancer education and awareness organisation. It is a non-government funded charitable trust promoting awareness of breast cancer, providing information and education, and raising funds to support breast cancer related initiatives including research, scholarships, medical grants, community education and a breast cancer patient register. The Foundation was specifically established to educate all New Zealanders on the life-saving benefits of early detection and the importance of mammograms.

Their symbol is the ‘pink ribbon’, the international symbol of breast cancer and trademarked to the Foundation in New Zealand. October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Foundation’s major fundraising event. The month is supported by an extensive multi-media campaign, education programme, the sale of pink ribbons through retailers nationwide, and the Pink Ribbon Day Street Appeal. 

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s aim is to reduce the number of New Zealanders who die from breast cancer and to improve outcomes and quality of life for those affected by breast cancer.
Ko te tino tumanako o Te Roopu o Aotearoa, whakaora i te mate e ngau nei i nga u o nga waahine, kia pumau te oranga kia ata tau ai te noho a ratau ma e mauiuitia nei.

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The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

BCAC provides a united consumer voice to improve detection, treatment and care for those with breast cancer in Aotearoa New Zealand. BCAC:

  • Offers evidence-based information to increase understanding of breast cancer

  • Gives support to those affected by breast cancer

  • Empowers women and men with breast cancer to make informed choices about their treatment and care

  • Represents key issues to relevant authorities with the aim of ensuring world class care for New Zealanders with breast cancer

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breast cancer support

Breast Cancer Support (BCS) provides community based support and information to women with a past or present diagnosis of breast cancer by offering opportunities for them to speak with others who have experienced the disease and had a positive outcome. BCS support is available through Auckland are Breast Friends groups, one on one visits, or over the telephone. please visit www.breastcancersupport.co.nz for more information. 


breast cancer cure

In partnership with the New Zealand community, Breast Cancer Cure is committed to searching for radical results for a new, brighter, breast cancer-free future. The ultimate goal of the Trust is to raise enough money to find a cure for breast cancer – in the next 10 years. They are New Zealand’s only not-for-profit organisation established solely to fund research into a cure for breast cancer.


The Cancer Society of New Zealand

This is the leading organisation dedicated to reducing the incidence of cancer and ensuring the best cancer care for everyone in New Zealand. The Cancer Society consists of a national office, located in Wellington, and six regional divisions, all involved in raising their own funds and providing local support services. We are the leading cancer patient advocate in New Zealand, providing a voice on all kinds of issues affecting cancer detection and treatment.


New Zealand based breast cancer survivor dragon boating teams

Abreast of Life, Christchurch, New Zealand


Boobops, Omokoroa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


Busting With Life, Auckland, New Zealand


Can Survive, Wellington, New Zealand


Pink Dragons, Auckland, New Zealand


Waikato Treasure Chests, Hamilton, New Zealand

Simply The Breast, Blenheim, New Zealand


Taranaki Dragons, Taranaki, New Zealand


International breast cancer survivor dragon boating teams

Breast cancer survivor teams around the world



Abreast of 'bridge, Lethbridge, Alberta

Breast Friends, Edmonton, Alberta
Website: www.cbcn.ca/breastfriends

Sistership, Calgary, Alberta.

British Columbia

Abreast In A Boat, Vancouver, British Columbia
Website: www.abreastinaboat.com

Abreast In The Rockies, Cranbrook, British Columbia

Abreast of Life, Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Website: www.abreastoflifecvi.com

Angels Abreast, Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Website: www.angels-abreast.ca

Buoyant Buddies, Vernon, British Columbia

Bustn' Loose, Kelowna, British Columbia

Dragon Divas, Duncan, British Columbia
E-mail: info@dragondivas.ca
Website: www.dragondivas.ca

Friends Abreast, Shuswap, British Columbia.

Hope Afloat - Canada, Comox, British Columbia.
Website: www.hopeafloatcanada.ca

Island Breaststrokers, Victoria, British Columbia
Website: www.islandbreaststrokers.com

Kootenay Rhythm Dragons, Nelson, British Columbia
Website: www.krd.kics.bc.ca

Kootenay Robusters, Trail, British Columbia.
Website: www.kootenayrobusters.org

NorthBreast Passage, Prince George, British Columbia

Paddling for Life, Powell River, British Columbia.

Pink Panthers, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Pink Piston Paddlers, Shuswap, British Columbia.

Website: www.pinkpistonpaddlers.ca

Rainbow Warriors, Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

River Spirit, Campbell River, British Columbia.
Website: www.riverspirit.ca

Spirit Abreast, Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Website: www.spiritabreast.com

Spirit Warriors, Kamloops, British Columbia
Website: www.spiritwarriors.ca

Sunshine Dragons Abreast, Sechelt, British Columbia.

Survivorship, South Okanagan, British Columbia.
Website: www.survivorshipteam.org


Chemo Savvy, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Website: www.chemosavvy.ca

Waves of Hope, Brandon, Manitoba
Website: www.wavesofhope.ca

New Brunswick

Breasts Ahoy, Saint John, New Brunswick
Website: breastsahoy.com

'tit Bateau, Southeast New Brunswick
Website: www.titbateau.ca


Avalon Dragon Boat Team
Website: www.avalondragonboating.com

Nova Scotia

Abreast a River, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

Bosom Buddies, a Nova Scotia provincial team
Website: www.bosombuddies.ca

Cape Breastoners, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia


A Breast Or Knot, Windsor, Ontario
Website: www.abreastorknot.org

Breast Buddies, Chatham, Ontario

Busting Out, Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.bustingout.ca

Canadians Abreast - Messengers of Hope, National Team
Website: http://www.canadiansabreast.abcn.ca

Chestmates, Kingston, Ontario

Dragon Flies, Lindsay, Ontario
Website: www.thedragonflies.org

Dragons Abreast, Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.dragonsabreast.org

Dragons of Hope, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Guelph Breaststrokes, Guelph, Ontari

Knot A Breast, Hamilton, Ontario

Kupsized, Stratford, Ontario

Pink Dragons, Belleville/Trenton, Ontario

Pink Sensations, Pickering, Ontario
Website: www.pinksensations.com

Ribbons of Hope, Barrie, Ontario

Rowbust, London, Ontario

Survivor Thrivers, Cobourg, Ontario

Survivors Abreast, Peterborough, Ontario
Website: www.survivorsabreast.com

Warriors of Hope, North Bay, Ontario
Website: WarriorsOfHope.com

Wonder Broads, Windsor, Ontario


Two Abreast, or Côte-à-Côte, Montreal, Quebec
Website: www.geocities.com/colosseum/Park/9839/

Vise-à-Vie, Quebec City, Quebec
(a little play on words, but means focus on life)
Website: www.viseavie.com

West Island Dragons, Pointe Claire, Quebec
( or "Les Dragons de l'ouest-de-l'ile" )


Busting with Energy, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Website: http://www.bustingwithenergy.com/



Dragons Abreast Australia consists of 37 member groups founded on the principles of participation, inclusiveness, support, promotion and awareness of breast cancer.
Website: www.dragonsabreast.com.au

You may contact any of the following groups via the National Coordinator: nationalcoordinator@dragonsabreast.com.au

Australian Capital Territory and Region

Dragons Abreast - ACT & Region

New South Wales

Bidgee Boobs - Wagga Wagga
Clarence Valley Dragons Abreast
Dragons Abreast - Central Coast
Flamin' Dragons Abreast - Port Macquarie
Dragons Abreast - Illawarra
Dragons Abreast - Newcastle & Hunter
Rainbow Dragons Abreast - Northern
Pendragons Abreast - Penrith
Pittwater Pinks - Northern Beaches
Outback Dragons Abreast - Dubbo
Sapphire Water Dragons Abreast - Merimba
Dragons Abreast - Sydney (Pink Passion)

Northern Territory

Dragons Abreast - Northern Territory
First dragon boat season: 1998


Dragons Abreast - Gold Coast
Dragons Abreast - Mackay
Missabittatitti - Brisbane
Dragons Abreast - Queensland
Pink Snapdragons, Dragons Abreast - Redcliffe
Sunshine Coast - Dragons Abreast
Dragons Abreast - St George
Dragons Abreast - Townsville

South Australia

Adelaide Survivors Abreast South Australia Dragons Abreast "Pink Paddlers" Dragons Abreast - Port Lincoln
Warriors Abreast – Adelaide

Western Australia

Dragons Abreast Amazons - Perth
Crewsader Abreast – Bunbury


“Bravehearts” Dragons Abreast - Albury/Wodonga
Dragons Abreast - Ballarat, Victoria
Dragons Abreast - Geelong
Dragons Abreast - Melbourne
Dragons Abreast - Peninsula Dragon Fly
Dragons Abreast - Victoria, Bendigo Team


Dragons Abreast - North West Tasmania
Dragons Abreast – Tasmania


Shanghai Breast Cancer DragonBoat Team, Shanghai
First dragon boat season: 2004


The Tickled Pink Paddlers, Mina Seyahi, UAE, Dubai
Website: www.mountainhighme.com/pinkribbon.htm


Paddlers For Life, Lake Windermere - Lake District
Website: www.paddlersforlife.co.uk

Pool of Life, Liverpool

Worcester Busters, Worcester


Florence Dragon Lady, Florence

Pink Butterfly, Rome


Pink Challengers, State of Selangor, Malaysia


Amazonki, Poznan, Poland


Paddlers in the Pink

Hope in a Boat

South Africa

Amabele Belles of Cape Town
Website: www.amabelebelles.co.za

United States


Los Angeles Pink Dragons, Los Angeles, California

Orange Roughys, Orange County, California
"we're so rough we beat cancer"

San Diego DragonBoat Breast Cancer Team, San Diego, California
Location: San Diego Bay at the Youth Facility, Fiesta Island.


Pink Dragon Ladies, Tampa, Florida
Website: www.pinkdragonladies.blogspot.com

Save Our Sisters, SOS, Miami, Florida
Warriors on the Water, WOW, Orlando, Florida


Dragon Boat Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Website: www.DragonBoatAtlanta.org


The Indy SurvivOars, Indianapolis


Cajun Invasion
Location: 329 Lippi Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana, 70508, USA

New Jersey

Machestic Dragons, Mercer County, NJ
Website: www.machesticdragons.org

Princeton Warriors USA, Princeton, NJ

New York

The Hope Chest, Buffalo, New York
Website: www.hopechestbuffalo.com


The Detroit Karmanos Life Preservers, Detroit


The Dragon Dream Team, Craftsmen Park, Akron
Website: www.dragondreamteam.org


Pink Phoenix, Portland, Oregon

Wasabi Team SOAR, Portland, Oregon
(SOAR is an acronym for Survivors On A River)


Against The Wind, Philadelphia, PA
Website: www.philadelphiaflyingphoenix.org

Hope Afloat, Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA
Website: www.geocities.com/hopeafloatusa


Dragonheart Vermont, Vermont

Green Mountain Dragon Boat Team, Vermont


Pink Paddling Power, Racine