12 Mar EAT, SLEEP, PADDLE, REPEAT; DONATE LIFE VIRTUAL PADDLE
Eat, sleep, paddle, repeat; Canoe Point Outriggers are holding a ‘virtual paddle’ fundraising event to raise money and awareness for DonateLife. The fundraiser will be held throughout the Month of April and everyone is encouraged to get involved.
Event organiser, Michelle Lowry said her goal in planning the event is to raise awareness of Organ Donation and DonateLife, a cause close to her heart. Michelle’s son Ben was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease in 2016. As a member of the Canoe Point Outriggers Club, Ben has competed in his sport across Queensland. Outrigging is one of the few sports Ben can participate in and he and his mother wanted to take organ and tissue donation awareness to the next level. “The idea of the event is to get people out on the water and raise awareness for DonateLife Organ and Tissue Donation,“ Michelle said. “Four members of our little club have been affected by organ donation either through a family member or friends. So, this topic is very close to a few of us.”
“By registering for the event, you can help transform the lives of others. With around 1400 Australians currently waiting for a transplant and around 12000 people on kidney dialysis, it is crucial that everyone thinks about organ donation, talk to their families and, if it’s right for them, registers as an organ donor. A total of 1544 Australians received some sort of transplant in 2018,” Michelle added.
If you need a challenge and want to donate to a great cause as well, Michelle encourages you to get on board! Join the ‘DonateLife Virtual Paddle’ Facebook Group for all the registration details. Entrants will have the entire month of April to paddle and complete the distance of your choice 25km, 50km, 100km, or 150km. “People can register by emailing a copy of their completed registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org and join the Facebook group, pay your $40 fee, track your distance as proof, upload it to our Facebook group and at the end of the month you will receive a specially designed event medal for your efforts with your distance on it so you can hold bragging rights to all your friends,” Michelle explained.
The DonateLife Virtual Paddle is open to all paddlers. SUPs, Dragon Boaters, Surf Ski, Kayaks, Canoes, basically, if you can paddle it on the water, you can enter.