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The Dream Factory is proud to be the new partner of the Manitoba Paddling Association to host one of the dragon boating's biggest events: The Dream Factory September Dragon Boat Challenge! This festival is easily one of the most popular Dragon boat events on the prairies, and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of it!

The festival is a fundraiser for The Dream Factory, a Winnipeg based charitable organization dedicated to fulfilling dreams for Manitoba kids who are battling life- threatening illnesses. We need paddlers and  teams to raise funds and help us to make dreams come true for kids who desperately need a break from hospitals, medical treatments and the very adult challenges that come with serious illness. All funds raised stay in Manitoba to help Manitoba kids.

This most FABULOUS and FUN of ALL dragon boat festivals takes place September 7th & 8th (Friday starts at 6:00 PM and Saturday at 9:00 AM) at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Club, 80 Churchill Drive in Winnipeg (MAP)

The super fun and safe oval race course has something for everyone from first-time paddlers to the most experienced and with just 10 paddlers and a drummer needed, getting a team together has never been easier.

With instruction and race supervision by the Manitoba Paddling Association, safety is a top priority, and no previuos experience is necessary. Paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided, so register your team and get ready for fun! Practice sessions start weekday evenings in early August.

The Top 8 Fundraising Teams are recognized in a special feature race, which is the highlight of the festival!

So, what are you waiting for? Get your team of 10 or so friends, family, and/or co-workers together and get ready for great fun while helping a great cause! All teams are guaranteed 3 races (weather permitting).

Grab your credit card and click on the “Sign up today” (top of the page) or “Register for this event” link (to the right) and register your team today!

Whether you are a long-time dragon boater or have never paddled before - this festival is a great way to have fun and help us to make dreams come true for some very special kids!

Thank you for helping us bring dreams to life!

***all registration fees are used to cover the cost of the festival***

 ****All pledges and donations are used to fulfill dreams for manitoba kids battling life threatening illnesses****


To learn more about The Dream Factory, please visit:





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Meet our Dream Kids:

Meet Ryder

Ryder is a 5-year-old boy facing Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and has been battling this disease since he was 8 months old.

This summer, Ryder’s dream Fire Hall was delivered and it was a day of pure celebration. As a wonderful surprise, The Dream Factory had our new friends from the Stonewall Fire Department join us. They brought Ryder his own turn out gear, fire truck, and (though Ryder was leery at first) a new friend in Sparky the Fire Dog.

Ryder now has somewhere to have adventures, play with his friends, and just be a kid, right in our own backyard. His favourite part of the fire house? The fire pole, of course!

Register a team to help Ryder's dream come true; or make a donation here

Meet Lily

Lily is an 8 year old girl battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) – a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. When it came time for Lily to choose her dream, she came in with a plan in mind: meet Hope and Winter, dolphins at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (and the stars of the popular “Dolphin Tale” movies). 

Winter is a dolphin that, like Lily, has overcome tremendous odds, losing her tail and having to learn to swim with a prosthetic. Her grandma describes them as an extension of her family – a beacon of hope, and a reminder to keep fighting. She even follows the live webcam to check in on them and see how they are doing.

Register a team to help Lily's dream come true; or make a donation here

Meet Preston

Preston is a 4-year-old boy who is bravely battling kidney cancer. His special dream is to experience the magic of Disney World, and this April that dream will come true! Thanks to your support of this event, Preston will get to leave his illness behind and focus on just being a kid. He will also celebrate his 5th birthday at Disney World!

Register a team to help Preston's dream come true; or make a donation here

Meet Our Dream Families