Paddles up! Get ready! Start rowing! The Missing Children’s Network invites you to participate in its 11th Annual “Row, Row, Row Them Home” Dragon Boat Challenge! This festive community activity will take place on Sunday, June 11th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Saint Paul locks along the Lachine Canal.
Come and catch the dragon boat spirit along with your family, friends and fellow employees! It is a great opportunity to team build; have lots of fun; and most importantly support the on-going search for missing children in Quebec. Last year, in Quebec alone, on average 17 children were reported missing daily. With 6,287 cases originating from Quebec, the province registered the 4th highest report of missing children in the country. Once again, runaway youth accounted for the majority of missing children reports. While the majority of these children were located within the first week of their disappearances, many were not as fortunate and with each passing day, time becomes our cruelest enemy in the search to recover these children and return them back to safety.
The public is invited to cheer on the rowers as they take to the waters and race on behalf of missing children. Pack a picnic lunch; bring along your family and friends for a colorful and unforgettable experience! Activities include: friendly races, live music, face painting, air bouncer games, cookie decorating and so much more. While on-site, make sure to stop and leave a message of hope for our searching families! As well, one lucky participant will to win a trip for two to any North American destination, courtesy of the Air Canada Foundation!
Donations to support the Missing Children’s Network’s critical mission can be made on-line at www.missingchildrensnetwork.ngo or by calling 514 843-4333. All funds raised will finance the organization’s Family Assistance and Support Program, as well as fund our crucial on-and-offline safety workshops for children and youth. All of these services are available year-round and free of charge thanks to the generous support of individuals and corporations. The Missing Children’s Network does not benefit from any government subsidies for its operations and relies on the success of annual fundraising events such as the Dragon Boat Challenge to finance its operations.