Keep calm and Paddle for Hope
Friends, family and groups are being encouraged to get together to paddleboard for a good cause.
Registrations for the annual stand-up paddleboarding festival, Starboard Paddle for Hope on November 1 are now open.
Teams of four can fundraise online and money raised will go towards the Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust.
Paddle for Hope aims to raise $100,000 to pay for people affected by cancer to take part in new rehabilitation programmes.
Pinc and Steel founder Lou James says rehabilitation is vital after a cancer diagnosis and can help people living with physical impairments after treatment.
‘‘Cancer rehab can not only improve quality of life, reduce side-effects and improve long-term health but can also reduce the chance of cancer recurrence or developing a new primary cancer,’’ she says.
The festival takes place at St Marys Bay, Westhaven and includes paddleboard sprint racing, fun team relays, lessons, yogaboarding and hula workshops. Racing kicks off at noon and is followed by a charity auction and prizegiving.
Teams can be in to win a trip to Hawaii.
To mark the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pink October, Paddle for Hope is running three paddleboarding sessions and wellbeing workshops on October 14 between 6.30am and 2pm.
The Keep Calm and Paddle On workshops hosted by two-time breast cancer survivor Karin Horen offer fun and educational wellbeing advice and paddle boarding lesson.