COVID-19: STATEMENT FROM THE FESTIVAL AND FOUNDATION CHAIRPERSON

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Dear Valued Partners, Supporters, Sponsors,  Suppliers, and most of all, our Paddlers,

The past weeks have been tough on us all.  Just days ago, though, the hardest news for our June 2020 event arrived:  it has been cancelled by decision of the City of Ottawa.  We respect this important decision, as it reflects the need to protect public health as the first priority during this pandemic.  Our Directors and fabulous staff have been working in crisis mode to save our Festival from collapse.  We have countless wonderful and empathetic partners, including all levels of government --- municipal, provincial, and federal --- who want to see our event and organization survive.  Our sponsors and paddlers are also deeply concerned, many of whom have sent us notes of support which we appreciate.  The generosity of our community buoys our spirits as we navigate these rough waters.

In the days and weeks ahead we will be in a better to position to know what lies ahead.  What is possible.  And what is not possible.

We have 27 years of operations, during which $4.8 million has been raised through our foundation for local charities having thousands of beneficiaries.  We have delivered gold star events that have benefited and been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands.    

Our Board of Directors, together with our dedicated staff, are studying and making decisions daily that are in the best interests of the Festival and our many stakeholders, so that our organization can survive for another day.   We are confident that with your on-going support and understanding, we will thrive at what we do best: plan and run amazing events that are fully enjoyed and which support thousands of charitable beneficiaries.

Dragon Boat Festivals the world over are in crisis mode, and we are no different.

During this time of uncertainty, we appreciate your patience and empathy.

 

Warren Creates

Founder and Chairperson

Board of Directors

Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation

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