Rowers at the ready

Tantramar high school dragon boat teams gearing up for annual event

Published on April 9, 2017

The Poseidon’s Pirates team heads heads for the starting line during the 2016 Greater Moncton Dragonboat Festival.

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Editor’s Note: The following was submitted by Ainsley Cunningham, a Grade 10 student at Tantramar Regional High School.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Rowers, grab your paddles and rally your spirit, for the Titans of Tantramar Regional High School are in full blown fundraising mode as the Dragonboat races draw near. It’s an event that occurs every year; the schools of the Anglophone East School District put their best stroke forward as they take part in this incredible event for charity. In support of the Moncton Lions Club Sick Children Fund Inc., Titans band together and form teams to fundraise money for the charity of their choice. With only seven weeks to go and seven TRHS boats, the Titan spirit is ramping up to offer whatever they can to this incredible event.

Poseidon’s Pirates is a boat that has been rowing since 2014, and with its former members graduating this year, a fresh batch of Grade 9 students have offered to carry on the Pirate tradition and keep the boat afloat. It is the pride of The Pirates to always rank among the top fundraising teams for TRHS, and they are determined to shatter their own personal record this year.

Members of Poseidon’s Pirates watch from the shore as they prepare to compete in the 2016 Greater Moncton Dragonboat Festival.

This year, The Pirates have chosen to support the Autism Resource Center/Centre de Ressource sur l’Autisme – a great cause they are excited to donate to. With co-captains Ashley Sherwood and Madison Higgins, supported by their teacher advisor Mrs. Joyce Ann Boutlier, the pirates have set themselves a fundraising goal of $100 per member. To carry on a fundraising tradition, Poseidon’s Pirates hosted their third annual bake sale, and they would like to thank all of those who attended. They will also be selling tickets on a gift card wreath totalling over $200 in value, including cards for Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret and many more fantastic businesses with the theme of Mother’s Day in mind. The winner will be drawn on May 12, just in time to celebrate the special lady in your life. The pirates also plan to sell tickets for his and hers Ray Ban sunglasses, with the winner receiving two pairs of authentic Ray Bans. The winner will be drawn on May 25. Tickets for both these fundraisers will be one for $2 or three for $5. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Poseidon’s Pirates would like to send a big thank you to the Sackville area and surrounding community members, as well as Pirate families for their never-ending support. The Lion Sick Children’s Fund, as well as the other charities the dragon boat teams choose to support are always amazing causes and wonderful initiatives that appreciate everything we can give. We thank you for your generous donations, and we hope to see you at the races.