“Last year was a tough year,” says Michelle Lavoie, Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation Chair. “We were concerned donations would be down, but our paddlers and the general public stepped up. It was even more amazing when we reached $344,000 this year.” “I think in the past there has been the perception that one must be a paddler or know a paddler to support the Pledge Challenge,” says Jennifer Mackiddie. “This is certainly not the case. We are definitely hoping the citizens of Ottawa will help us support local charities that make a difference in their community.” Donations can be made online by visiting www.dragonboat foundation.net.