Oarsome fundraising result for Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service dragon boat team

The RFS Blue Thunder Dragon Boat team
The RFS Blue Thunder Dragon Boat team

Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service members put on the yellows recently to once again serve their community.

Except this time the yellows were tutus, and the fire came from a mythical beast.

The RFS Blue Thunder Dragon Boat team stuck their oars in for the 10th annual Dragons Abreast Festival race at Darling Harbour, which helps raise breast-cancer awareness and funds to support survivors of the disease nationally.

The inaugural RFS team comprised volunteers from several Blue Mountains brigades, most of whom had never been in a dragon boat before or picked up a paddle.

Despite that, and a commentator’s hope that they “hold a hose better than they paddle”, Blue Thunder came a respectable fifth in their category and were third-placed fundraisers out of 34 teams, with a $5172 final tally.

A number of local businesses got behind the team, including Blackheath Rotary, Palette Dining, Scenic World and

Katoomba Workwear, along with trainer Jan Caldwell from Pendragons dragon-boat club, Penrith.

Katoomba/Leura brigade team member Chris Davidson said it was an honour to to be part of such a positive way to celebrate lives touched by breast cancer.

“There was a ceremony to honour both breast-cancer survivors and those who died from it,” she said. “Flowers were scattered on the water and eight boats of survivors paddled around them. It was a beautiful and moving service. I don’t think there was a dry eye in Darling Harbour.”