Ontario Boat Builder and Dealers Raise Nearly $20,000 for Breast Cancer Research


Temagami Boat Manufacturing, maker of Naden Boats in Temagami, Ontario, reports raising nearly $20,000 for Breast Cancer Research through its recent Pink Boat Tour campaign.

This summer, Naden Boats partnered with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) CIBC Run for the Cure North Bay volunteer team, and on June 29, launched the Pink Boat tour. The boat builder donated a 14-foot, pink Naden Fisherman aluminum boat that was raffled off in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the summer, the boat traveled several thousand kilometers to over 14 events across Northern Ontario where participating Naden dealers sold raffle tickets at marina and community events.

The draw occurred Sunday, October 6 at the conclusion of CIBC Run for the Cure in North Bay, ON. The event is Canada's largest single day, volunteer-led fund raising event dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. Last year Canadians united to raise over $30 million for the event.

In the end, approximately 4,800 tickets were sold. Valued at approximately $7,000, the 14-foot Naden Fisherman prize package included a 15hp four-stroke Tohatsu engine, a Yacht Club Trailer donated by BW Marine Products in North Bay, two Salus Marine PFDs, a hand-crafted cover created by Temagami Marine and a safety and mooring package donated by Mariner's Cove in MacTier, Ontario.

At the event's closing ceremonies, Naden Boats' President, Andre Lamothe, drew the winning ticket. Michel Mino of Callander, Ontario is the winner the boat package. At the same time, Lamothe announced that the raffle had raised $19,591 for breast cancer research. "People are very moved by the fight against breast cancer, and want to help,' said Lamothe. "At times, it was overwhelming to hear their stories.'
 
Participating Naden boat dealers who sold raffle tickets included: Mountain Trout House in Dorset; Marine Tech Plus in Noelville; Mariner's Cove Marina Ltd. in MacTier; Harper's Marina & Dock Shop in Callandar; Campbell's Landing in Gravenhurst; McGregor Bay Marina in Keene; Temagami Marine in Temagami Marine; and Beacon Marine in Point-au-Baril.

"Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosis in Canadian women over the age of 20,' continues Lamothe, "and we are pleased to have the opportunity to support the wonderful work being done by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.'

Lamothe will also be speaking at this year's Boating Ontario Conference and Trade Show, set to take place at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario from December 1 to 3.