A BENDIGO dragon boating group says a business' generosity will help them paddle in style.
Dragons Abreast helps women who have been affected by breast cancer stay fit and healthy.
The Bendigo group, which has more than 20 members, ordered and received their new dragon boat in February.
But while the group ordered a pink boat for Breast Cancer Awareness, the boat arrived sporting a green and gold head and tail.
Dragons Abreast Bendigo paddler Jennie Mathews said the group was going to pay for the changes, but Penno Smash Repairs offered to repaint the boat for free.
The Bendigo business even fast-tracked the changes after one of the Dragon Abreast members became unwell.
"When COVID-19 hit, we couldn't paddle so we put the painting of the head and tail aside," Mrs Mathews said.
"But then one of our members was placed in hospice. She was so excited about getting a pink head and tail.
"Nick and his team came to the rescue. They painted them so the team could take them to the hospice for the member to see.
"This was an extremely exciting but sad moment."
Mrs Mathews said while the group was unable to paddle due to COVID-19 restrictions, they were excited that their new boat was ready and waiting for them.
"We can't wait to get back into the water to show off our new dragon boat head and tail," she said.
"We were just amazed there were such generous people out there that just turned around to help at the drop of a hat."
Mrs Mathews said anyone interested in joining Dragons Abreast Bendigo should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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