Photo (L-R): Sr. Symphonie Giao-Huong Ngoc Ngo, Postulants Christine Naswa Barasa and Lilian Nanjala Nyongesa, and Sr. Jennifer Chinelo Okwuaka attend the Sixth Annual Dragon Boat Race, a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital.

by Sr. Ricca Dimalibot

One beautiful Saturday morning, Sisters Ricca Dimalibot, Symphonie Giao-Huong Ngoc Ngo, Jennifer Chinelo Okwuaka and Postulants Christine Naswa Barasa and Lilian Nanjala Nyongesa drove to Lake Charles, Louisiana to spend the day with Sisters Joyce Susan Njeri Mbataru, Ethel Puno and Cecilia Lich Tranh Tran.

They attended the Sixth Annual Dragon Boat Race held on April 28, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall. A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft and is the basis of the team paddling sport of dragon boat racing, an amateur water sport, which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers held over the past 2000 years throughout southern China.

The Sisters volunteered in the registration area and the Kid’s Tent. They also helped with set-up and cleanup. The weather couldn’t be more perfect to enjoy good food, music, dancing and of course, the race! In this year’s race, up to 30 teams competed to win. This year’s winner, Team CITGO, has been the undefeated champions for six consecutive years.

On record as the best year, the event raised $147,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and CHRISTUS Lake Area Hospital. CMN is a nation-wide non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to help improve pediatric medical care services and health education opportunities throughout the United States. The funds raised at the Boat Race are used to purchase pediatric surgical and treatment equipment for the hospitals and to fund special school-based programs in the Lake Charles five-parish area.

Last year, the race raised $137,000. The funds were used for state-of-the-art medical instruments for the ear-nose-throat clinic and donations to fund an online program for children in Jeff Davis Parish titled GoNoodle. CHRISTUS St. Patrick is the exclusive CMN Hospital for Southwest Louisiana. And, the Lake Charles CMN serves a population of residents from the Sabine River east to the Atchafalaya Basin and from Beauregard Parish south to the Gulf of Mexico. CMN funds are raised through the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation to be used to create local miracles by funding the purchase of advanced pediatric equipment and the investment in wellness education programs to enhance the lives of the children of Southwest Louisiana. 

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Dragon Boat Race Winners! They are:

Dragon Division
1st Place – Team CITGO
2nd Place – Team Westlake Chemical
3rd Place – Cheniere, Sabine Passers

Lion Division
1st Place – Coushatta Tribe, Mudwater Chiefs
2nd Place – Captain Kohl’s & The Mateys
3rd Place – Cameron LNG – Cryo Dragons

Tiger Division
1st Place – CB&I | Chiyoda – Dirty Oars!
2nd Place – CHRISTUS, Holy Rowers
3rd Place – Iberia Bank, Sea Notes

Thank you to our Sisters for participating and volunteering for the worthwhile event to raise money for pediatrics and educational enhancement of Lake Charles’ children. Praised be the Incarnate Word.

Photo: At left, (L-R) Postulants Lilian Nanjala Nyongesa and Christine Naswa Barasa, Sisters Jennifer Chinelo Okwuaka, Ethel Puno, Cecilia Lich Tranh Tran, Ricca Dimalibot, Joyce Susan Njeri Mbataru and Symphonie Giao-Huong Ngoc Ngo at the Sixth Annual Dragon Boat Race in Lake Charles, Louisiana on April 28. At right, Postulants Christine and Lilian, and Sr. Symphonie serve as face-painters at the event’s Kid’s Tent

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