42 FOCUS - APRIL 2018 2018. And of course, Rachel pointed out, bragging rights are always very rewarding as well. The biggest winners promise to be the two local charities. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience on the water. Rachel says that the dragon boats will be provided, and there will be a couple of opportunities to practice paddling and learn the lingo. Teams can either be mixed or all women. “It’s fun,” she described. “It’s great to get involved and be part of the community.” There are three ways that you can be a part of the Dragon Boat Races 2018. Be part of a team, sponsor a team, or volunteer to help out on the big day. For more information, go to: www. lively-dragon.com and click on the Port Perry Dragon Boat Festival link. The local event coordinators are Carol and Bill Gonder of IB Dragonboating, along with Lively Dragons. You can also be part of the ac- tion by volunteering during Dragon Boat Race Day on June 16. Contact: info@scugoglakestewards.com to offer your services. High school students seeking volunteer hours are welcome as well as adults. Donations can also be made through www.pphfoundation.com. “Let’s make a big splash in Port Perry for the benefit of the commu- nity,” Rachel encouraged. President of the Scugog Lake Stewards Barb Karthein commented, “We all know the Port Perry Dragon Boat Course can be extra challenging. The Scugog Lake Stewards have been working hard on a plan to get rid of excessive invasive vegetation, get more depth, and improve water qual- ity in the Bay through the Lake Scugog Enhancement Project. Your support of the Dragon Boat Festival is vitally im- portant. Get together a team, sign up to participate and bring in those local pledges. Every pledged dollar goes to the lake and to community health.” Register your team early to avoid disappointment! Dragon Boat Festival (continued from page 41) By Lynn Campbell, Focus on Scugog HONESTY. INTEGRITY. FAIR PRICES. Low & Low Limited - CANADIAN INDEPENDENT - FUNERAL DIRECTORS SINCE 1860 www.lowandlow.ca Proudly Serving Port Perry, Uxbridge and Surrounding Area PORT PERRY CHAPEL 1763 Reach St., Port Perry 905.985.7331 UXBRIDGE CHAPEL 23 Main St. S., Uxbridge 905.852.3073