The countdown to the 9th Annual Cedars CanSupport 'Rain or Shine' Dragon Boat Race and Festival, presented by Fuller Landau, is officially on. 

Event organizers held a launch party for the festival last night to welcome new participants and get returning ones excited for the upcoming race. Fuller Landau is not only the title sponsor of the event but an active participant with over 40 staff members paddling each year.

This year's festival itself will be held on Saturday, September 20th with a goal is to raise more than $600,000 for the CanSupport program at the Cedars Cancer Institute, which provides free psychosocial, practical and humanitarian assistance for cancer patients and their families. At least 40 colourful dragon boats, propelled by more than 800 participants, are expected take to the Lachine Canal, some coming from as far away as Ottawa, Ontario and Harrington, Quebec.

Over $3-million has been raised by this event to date