It is only two years from now until New Zealand 2022 and if like many of us when you attend one of these IBCPC festivals you think, wow, I could host that in my country. This is the time to start thinking about what that might look like for you.
In 2022 we will hold a meeting for those interested in holding the IBCPC festival. This meeting will outline the bid criteria as well as discuss the considerations that need to be taken into account. It is a very exciting event to be part of so please make sure you keep an eye out for the session in 2022. If you would like to know more please contact us.
There is some misunderstanding about any surplus that may arise from these events. Generally whoever is running the event hopes to break even at best. A surplus may arise with a last minute sponsor or funding that comes in unexpectedly.
If per chance there is a surplus then the local organizer almost always gifts these funds to a cause that promotes breast cancer awareness or research.
For instance in Peterborough, Canada, 2010, there was an unexpected surplus and this was given to the local hospital. In Sarasota 2014, there again was a surplus and this was gifted to breast cancer dragon boat outreach clinics and to create awareness locally in Miami. In Florence 2018, the event would have broken even had the municipality (the main sponsor) not forgiven the debt for the use of the various venues for the event. This unexpected surplus has so far been used to fund breast cancer clinics, raising awareness and mammogram tests during Pink October. With the latest crisis in Italy the organizers have also gifted a ventilator to the hospital, along with10,000 masks and 4,000 tubes of special hand-cream to the frontline nurses.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Festival in 2022. Registration is starting next month! Paddles up!