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    2018 International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission (IBCPC) Festival - Florence, Italy:
July 6-8, 2018
It's Florence, Italy!
Site of the 2018 International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission (IBCPC) Festival

The IBCPC is pleased to announce the Florence Dragon Lady Team led the successful bid for the 5th international participatory festival.

This bid was supported by Pink Butterfly-Rome, Dragonette-Turin, Donna Piu Latino, Trifoglio Rosa-Mestre, Astro Dragon Lady Empoli, Forza Rosa Donne 2000-Cavallino and Pink Lioness-Venice.

This bid is also supported by the City of Florence, the City of Barberino del Mugello, the Tuscan Region, Canottieri Comunali Firenze, the Italian National Olympic Committee and the Italian Dragon Boat Federation.

The international panel of judges thanks all the bidders for their excellent submissions and for the hospitality they each demonstrated to the IBCPC team that visited each of the sites.

The event will take place July 6-8, 2018, in Florence, Cascine Park.
Situated near the historic city center, the Cascine Park is Florence's largest public park with an area of about 130 hectares along the Arno River. It is rich in plant life, with vast lawns, walks and paths. The Cascine Park is the favourite spot to play sports or to relax while enjoying the nature and the quiet of the area.

Click here for Google Map of Cascine Park (Parco delle Cascine)

Event and registration details can be found at:

For further information download the INFORMATIONAL BULLETINs No. 1 from:

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Florence, August the 5th, 2016

Dear Friends,

FIRENZE IN ROSA Onlus, the Florence Festival Organizing Committee, is busy laying the foundations for an unforgettable festival and a fabulous week of events in 2018 that is expected to break all records of attendance ever.
At, you will be able to find details about the on-line registration, hotels, transportation, Festival activities and local attractions as well as a wide range of information about Florence.
In addition, you can follow the ramp up to Florence 2018 on our Facebook page
and on Twitter

In order to participate in the 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Florence Festival please take note of the following requirements:
1) Paddler participants must be breast cancer survivors
2) Your team must be an IBCPC member in order to participate in the Festival, verify your membership and check it out at
3) Each paddling participant must furnish a health certificate (you will find an example on our website)
4) Each participant must submit an authorization to use images and personal information as well as a waiver of legal responsibility (you will find examples on our website)
5) Each team must consist of a minimum of 22 individuals, including drummer and steers person (sweep), and a maximum of 26 participants. Any additional participants, or non-complete teams, will be inserted into the mixed team category. Drummers and steers persons (sweeps) can be available to the mixed teams.

The races are in 20-person dragon boats over a 500-meter course.
On-line registration will be open on the 1st of October, 2016 . All participation questions, preliminary registrations and participant registrations must be done exclusively through the Festival website.

Registration is (euros) €300 per person. There is a non-refundable initial payment of (euros) €100 per person, with a minimum initial payment of (euros) €2.200 per team. The team is registered for the Festival at the moment the full initial registration payment of €2.200 is received.
There is a discount of (euros) €50 per person for the first teams that register, up to a total limit of 1,231 participants (paddlers and supporters).


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The IBCPC seeks responses and ideas regarding Fundraising for teams to attend the 2018 festival ~
Please see their December 7, 2015 posting (also posted below) in the IBCPC Facebook site at

" Since the announcement of the 2018 IBCPC Festival in Florence, Italy, there has been much excitement and discussion among members on how to fund international travel. Policies vary between countries, and between teams within countries. A few of the approaches we have heard about include sponsorship, individual funding, and fundraising via various methods: games nights, social events, raffles, outings, sale of goods and more.
One issue that arose for teams whose policy is not to fund international travel is that it may always be the same team members who can finance their own travel that attend international events. Is it an issue that the same team members might always be left behind as they cannot afford the costs of international travel? Further, are newer members encouraged and supported so that they can experience an IBCPC festival?
If you are interested, we'd love to hear your input (individual or team) for the following three discussion questions:
1) How has your team decided to address these issues?
2) What creative, unique, relatively simple and easy to resource fundraising ventures have worked for your team?
3) Do you have sponsors and, if so what is your relationship with them?"

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BreastStrokes is a member of the
International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC)


Enjoy the energy as the team digs deep in this short movie trailer.

Posted by BreastStrokes on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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