Standing up for cancer cause
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 news.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to watch the action from last year’s race.