Stand­ing up for can­cer cause

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Sports stars and celebri­ties have hopped on board a stand-up pad­dle chal­lenge to raise funds for breast can­cer re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to­mor­row.

The third an­nual Star­board Pad­dle For Hope will see four-strong teams, dressed in pink from head to toe, com­pete in a re­lay race around a 600 me­tre course on the Western Viaduct Basin.

Olympic gold medal­lists sailer Jo Aleh and rower Joseph Sullivan are among those tak­ing part.

The event was launched by breast can­cer sur­vivor Karin Horen in 2011 to en­cour­age women fight­ing can­cer to use stand-up pad­dling as a way of re­cu­per­at­ing from the ef­fects of can­cer treat­ments.

‘‘For me the emo­tional and holis­tic ben­e­fits of get­ting out on the wa­ter with my friends are just as im­por­tant as the phys­i­cal ben­e­fits,’’ Ms Horen says.

‘‘I just take it gen­tly on clear days in the ma­rina.’’

Money raised from the event will go to the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion to de­velop a standup pad­dle re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme.

Yoga and have-a-go pad­dle ses­sions will run at 11am be­fore the big team re­lay gets un­der way.

Mu­sic by R&B artist Erakah and the Se­quin Sis­ters and DJs will keep the beats play­ing at Karanga Plaza through­out the day.

A live char­ity auc­tion and prize­giv­ing for best cos­tume, best sports, best pic­ture mo­ments and top fundrais­ers will also be held.

Rais­ing funds: Celebri­ties are tak­ing part in the Star­board Pad­dle For Hope chal­lenge to­mor­row to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to watch the ac­tion from last year’s race.

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