Keep calm and Pad­dle for Hope

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.


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