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Monday, February 13, 2017

Dragons Abreast Sydney in the boat race

In a southern hemisphere, the biggest Dragon Boat Race returns to Sydney Darling Harbour! My favourite team, Dragons Abreast Sydney belongs to Dragons Abreast Australia that advocates breast cancer experienced women and empowers members. They celebrate life, show the joy of life and share pain with others. Brave fighters or great paddlers in pink uniforms and beautiful games are captured by my work. Enjoy them all! 
This is the president, Christine. A friendly team welcomed me. We shouted!   
Paddle strong.
Live long.
Go, DAS, go.
Hooyah!!
What a great spirit! I love it!! DAS did a charity fundraising races as well as competitive ones. "Go, DAS, go!!" I cheered and sketched them. Who cares scores? The point is to celebrate life and gain well-being through this sport. Who can enjoy sports, if a person is in bed? Health is the concern. 
Survivors feel and know the warmth of sunshine than anyone else. They know how precious life is. In my eyes, the group members were shining and appreciating life fully. There are other cancer groups in Australia. Their activity touched others' hearts. 
Suddenly, one lady dashed to another cancer group in a different area of Australia. She began to shed tears and talked to paddlers. It seemed that she was involved with cancer and could not help but share her story with the cancer survivors group. Lovely to see the paddlers gently pat the woman's back and warmly surrounded her like protecting mothers of a crying girl. All cancer survivors groups are brave fighters and our heroes in local areas. Check your local group here. https://www.dragonsabreast.com.au/groups
Saturday, it was terribly hot! My paints got dry at once. 
The bond and friendship of Dragons Abreast Sydney is wonderful. They support each other and share joy and pain. After surgery, rehab and exercise are not an easy task, especially, if a patient tries to keep it up all alone. A dear friend and survivor has been working hard to do exercises. Sadly, it bores a patient. It's a great idea to join a group activities and use important muscles ( *Side muscles beneath arms and a tummy's muscles move a paddle). Rehab, sports, great mutual support and happy life are in this group! 
The muscles you can move! 
I spent all day long with Dragons Abreast Sydney for last Saturday and Sunday. It made me thought of life lot. Me, too, need the exercise to move the leg's muscles. I know how difficult it is to keep on exercises. The activities of the breast cancer survivors are very encouraging. They show the beauty of life, demonstrate positivity, empowerment and friendship. I've looked through their facebook. Their photos have made me smile. Certainly, their mission is accomplishing : well being, public awareness and inclusion. Sketching is lovely that makes me friends with others at once. Thank you very much, DAS, for welcoming me!! You are great! 
To stay positive is the methods to survive tough time in life. Positivity is the key that opens to a happy life and friendship. Of course, it's not easy to stay positive and that's life. But sharing pain helps me keep it up. Friends, I always thank for your support. 
My colour rough of "My dog Socks" is more than a half way through. I'd shout,  
Draw strong. 
Live happy. 
Go, Sadami, go.
Hooyah!!
If you're experiencing cancer, you're not alone.  
Friends, find groups and enjoy life. And you, too, Happy Painting!     






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16 comments:

  1. Your sketches are wonderful, Sadami, I can't believe you made them outside. You're so good!
    Good story too, as always, positive and uplifting

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    1. Thank you, sweet Blaga! It was really tough outside -- a crazy hot heat! But I wanted to sketch them, lovely members. You, too, enjoy painting. Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. We love Darling Harbour, but never saw the Dragon Boat Race. Your post makes me aware of what I missed.

    The story I tell cancer sufferers' is that of my mother's. She had cancer at 40 and was given 4 months to live. She was very religious and prayed that she would live long enough to bring up her young family. She died of a heart attack aged 78 ... without a trace of cancer.

    A great post ... many thanks, Sadami

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    1. John, your mother's story made me smile. Thank you very much for sharing the precious story. I'm certain your mother appreciated every moment. I had a similar story of an old lady I met at hospital. Once, doctors told her, "Only 2 years are left for you..." Yes, literally, a death sentence. BUT that lady, with a big smile, said, "I've kept on living more than 20(30?) yrs after that! So, ever since, everyday is a bonus and I thank for each day." I learn from your mother and that lady to appreciate everything at every moment. You, too, have a wonderful day.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  3. Fantástica Sadami, unes en un post todo lo que te identifica, un gran dibujo,y un corazón inmenso que se conmueve por los problemas del mundo. Ademas me enseñas cosas sobre tu país Australia y en particular sobre Sidney. Bravo

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    1. ¡Oh, dulce Tina, muchas gracias! Que nuestro pequeño blog haga que este mundo sea un poco mejor. Estoy muy feliz de saber que mi entrada en el blog le ayudará a conocer esta Australia y Sydney. ¡Por favor venga un día! ((Hugs)), los mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, sweet Tina, thank you very much! May our little blog post make this world a bit better. I'm very happy to know that my blog post will help you know this Australia and Sydney. Please come one day! ((Hugs)), best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Tina said...
      Fantastic Sadami, you unite in a post everything that identifies you, a great drawing, and an immense heart that is moved by the problems of the world. In addition you teach me things about your country Australia and in particular about Sydney. Bravo

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  4. Great action in these paintings! Always wonderful to visit your blog. Enjoy your day Sadami!

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    1. Thank you very much, kind Carol! You, too, enjoy your day. Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. A great and wonderful event, and I love your sketches, Sadami! How you painted the water is beautiful!

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    1. Dear so sweet Judy, thank you for your support! Painting moving water is fun and my great pleasure. Cheers, Sadami

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  6. Well, I know I posted a comment but don't see it so I'll try again - perhaps a computer glitch. I love these portraits and the water and the strength of the women you show in your paintings :). My friend in British Columbia, Canada, was the first person to ever mention Dragon Boat races to me. I had never heard of them. What a great way to get in shape and get a good workout for your upper body/chest after surgery and treatment. Thanks for sharing this wonderful event.

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    1. Thank you, so sweet Rhonda. In their fb, I found, "Life. Never was easy. So, accept it and enjoy the ride." Let's enjoy our rides, whoo, hoo! Best wishes, ((Hugs)) Sadami

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  7. Love the pencil sketch and the second sketch Sadami ... and you captured all the highlights of the day so well ... challenging ... the teams must have loved seeing your sketches

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    1. Thank you, Jane! The team and related people keep hitting the post. I hope art work can five joy and hope. You, too, take care. Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. Bravo Sadami!! Me alegra saber que mi amiga en Australia, ayuda a gente necesitada. Me hace feliz, saber que existen personas como tú.
    Un beso.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Joshemari. En España, hay gente como tú que ama el arte. Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you very much, Joshemari. In Spain, there are people like you who love art. Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Joshemari said...
      Bravo Sadami !! I am happy to know that my friend in Australia helps people in need. It makes me happy, to know that there are people like you.
      A kiss.

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