GRAFTON Dragon Boat Club members joined with members from Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club to compete in a 7km marathon race from Paradise Point to Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast.
The team was placed sixth in the marathon and fourth in the 300m dash which involved a turn around a buoy at 150m and then back to the start line.
This was the fith year that the Prostate Challenge has been running and a record number of 14 teams competed in the marathon; the Grafton/Coffs Coast team completed the race in 32 minutes 59 seconds with only 17 paddlers.
Unfortunately one of our crew members came down with a sudden illness in the early hours of the morning that prevented her from paddling.
The Prostate Challenge raises funds for the Queensland Cancer Council to assist in research for preventing prostate cancer.
This is the second time the Grafton Dragon Boat Club has competed at this event.
Each year in Australia, close to 3300 men die of prostate cancer - equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually.
Around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australia every year.
Each day about 32 men learn news that they have prostate cancer - tragically one man every three hours will lose his battle against this insidious disease.
It is important that men take care health issues seriously and if they have a concern they should talk to their doctor and don't put it off.