For 11 years, the Dragons Abreast Corporate and Community Regatta, known as the DAA Festival, has been DAA’s annual major fundraiser and awareness event, and has created many fabulous memories and experiences both for our members and corporate and community crews.

While the festival’s popularity cannot be disputed, the resources, expenses and logistics of staging the event annually are growing substantially, with less and less guarantee of a profit, in these days of fundraising competition and fatigue.

The world, technology, fundraising avenues and charity operations have changed enormously over the last decade, while the festival has stayed relatively the same from year to year.

In the interests of presenting a bigger, better and even more successful festival, we have decided to postpone the 2019 Festival, planned for October 19, to give us some time to refocus our energy, resources and time on developing new concepts, potential new locations and streamlined fundraising channels for an awesome 2020 Festival.

We will be actioning some suggestions from the previous festival surveys, as well as creating our own innovations to really drive the festival into its second decade of being an iconic event for DAA and positioning DAA as Australia’s premier organisation focused on paddling for breast cancer recovery.

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