Updated 27 August 2013

The Reach to Recovery conference

The amaBele Belles -the first Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boating club in South Africa.


The amaBele Belles are the first Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boating club in South Africa, and indeed on the continent of Africa. BCS Dragon Boating is an international movement inspired by the research of Canadian sports medicine specialist Don McKenzie. Survivors of breast cancer join together to paddle dragon boats to the benefit of their physical health and social wellbeing.

‘Amabele’ means ‘breasts’ in the Xhosa language.

‘The Belles’ exist to create an atmosphere of support, friendship, exercise, and to increase the quality of life after breast cancer for survivors. Benefits include teambuilding, friendship, solidarity and support for women of all walks of life as well as all ages and fitness levels.

A dragon boat seats 20 people, and is steered by a ‘helm’. It is a unique exercise that is made even more special by the fact that we get to paddle in one of the most beautiful harbours in the world!

We paddle at the V&A Waterfront on Wednesdays @ 5:30 for 6pm and on Saturdays @9 for 9:30 am.

For further information contact:

Merlin: 083 475 8582

Eileen: 072 425 3046

Lenora: 082 424 7466

Or visit their website




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