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Ford drives up to support Dragon Boat

Claire Waterman of the Survivorship Dragon Boat team and Andrea Rose, Skaha Ford social media manager, prepare for this Saturday’s fundraiser and paddling recruitment event at Skaha Lake in the parking lot at the northeast corner of the lake. - Mark Brett/Western News
Claire Waterman of the Survivorship Dragon Boat team and Andrea Rose, Skaha Ford social media manager, prepare for this Saturday’s fundraiser and paddling recruitment event at Skaha Lake in the parking lot at the northeast corner of the lake.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

People will have an opportunity to experience some of the best in travel by land and sea Saturday and help a good cause at the same time.

Skaha Ford’s campaign, “Test Drive a New Ford Day” takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot between the Penticton Paddling boathouse and Skaha Marina.

The beneficiary this time around is the Survivorship Dragon Boat Team.

For each test drive of the four new vehicles on site, Skaha Ford will donate $20 to the team

At the same time, Penticton Paddling is hosting an opportunity for people to try out a dragon boat or  outrigger canoe.

According to Survivorship team member and organizer Claire Waterman, money raised will help cover the cost of an upcoming trip by the group to an international breast cancer festival in Florida in October.

As well, the non-profit group will donate some of the money back to the community through agencies like the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

“We’re really excited about joining with Skaha Ford because this is so important to so many people,” said Waterman.

“We are a sisterhood and we’ve all shared the same sort of things.

“It’s just really cool to see a lot of women who have a new lease on life and to set an example for other people to show life does go on after any kind of cancer.”

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