A DRAGON boat racing team made up of breast cancer survivors is £200 closer to its target of competing in an international festival next year.
The Dorset-based Pink Champagne Dragon Boat Team is one of only four such teams in the UK.
It was set up to raise awareness and demonstrate that women living with breast cancer can live full and active lives.
Now Pink Champagne has become the latest good cause to benefit from the joint Transdev Yellow Buses/Echo Carbon Stoppers campaign.
Claire Mills, captain, and team members Barbara Brown and Sandra Parradine, received a £200 cheque from Jenni Wilkinson, TYB’s Head of Marketing.
“We’re absolutely thrilled and very grateful to the Echo and Transdev Yellow Buses,” said Barbara.
“We are entering a team in the International Dragon Boat Festival which is taking place in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada next June. Breast cancer survivors from all over the world will be taking part.
“The registration will cost about £3,000 so this will help us towards that target.”
Carbon Stoppers was jointly launched by Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB) and the Echo last autumn.
Each week the bus company holds a ‘Thank You Thursday’ when every trip taken on the day contributes to a separately administered Community Chest.
TYB has pledged a minimum donation of £50 per week to the fund which is available to schools, community groups and good causes in its coverage area. Echo readers are invited to nominate worthy recipients.
Carbon Stoppers is believed to be the first initiative of its kind in the UK bus industry. It is heavily promoted on TYB’s buses, used by more than 13m passengers per annum, and its website and has been nominated for a national prize in the 2009 UK Bus Awards.
TYB has guaranteed its involvement in the project until at least the end of this year. To date, a total of £2,700 has been raised.
Other good causes to benefit include Bournemouth Talking Newspaper, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, Cherry Tree Nursery, Life Education Wessex, Hospital Radio Bedside, Waggy Tails Rescue, Bournemouth People First, Nile 20, Rebound Gym Club and Caring Canines.
Picture caption: In the pink: Jenni Wilkinson of Transdev Yellow Buses (left) with Pink Champagne’s Claire Mills, Sandra Parradine and Barbara Brown.