Best yet Paddlefest coming in March
02 Feb, 2012 01:00 AM
IT’S wet, funny and family entertainment at its best.
It is when and where every member can have a go at something enjoyable which is also helpful. It’s Paddlefest.
Centennial Coal is the major sponsor of Paddlefest 2012, the popular water-borne event launched by Rotary Toronto
Sunrise in 2007.
This year the aim is to raise $40,000 towards its assistance campaign to help the homeless in the Lake Macquarie area.
“In 2011 we launched a major Paddlefest fundraising campaign to help homeless youth and families in our area by
providing emergency accommodation. This year we are hoping to raise the money needed to purchase a suitable
property,” Paddlefest Committee chairman Geoff Hurt said.
“We are delighted to have Centennial Coal as our major sponsors again this year to help us reach our fundraising goal.”
The emergency accommodation will be set up to provide more than just shelter.
“It will be a base where support, counseling and life skills will be available to those in need,” he said.
“Our Rotary Club along with Rotary Club of Toronto are working together with the Salvation Army to raise the $250,000
needed to buy the property and we are hoping that the funds raised at Paddlefest will allow us to purchase the house by
the end of this year,” Mr. Hurt said.
Attracting over 500 people last year and raising over $100 000 in the past five years, Paddlefest is a fun filled day with
dragon boat, outrigger and canoe races for novices and experts, a one kilometer lake swim and the High School Team
Challenge seeing schools take on a series of tasks including building and sailing a boat.
“You don’t have to paddle to support us, you can sponsor a school team, volunteer on the day, supply equipment, or simply make a donation via our website www.paddlefest.com.au,”
Mr Hurt concluded. said.
Paddlefest is being held on Sunday March 4 at Speers Point Park.
For more information and to make a donation visit, www.paddlefest.com.au.