The second annual Kayak For A Cure Comox Valley is set for Sept. 17.
Paddlers will have spent months fundraising and will enjoy a day of paddling, prizes, barbecue and camaraderie as reward for all their hard work.
Blaine Brown brought Kayak For A Cure to the Comox Valley after his cancer diagnosis in February of 2010 at the young age of 39.
The goal was to give something back to the community by raising money for cancer research for all the great care he received. He also wanted to raise awareness of the importance of early detection in young people and create a successful event that’s a whole lot of fun.
Last year’s event was a huge success, as 33 paddlers raised $26,459.
This year, paddlers can sign up and sell raffle tickets for some great prizes to achieve their fundraising goals. Prizes include: two return tickets anywhere WestJet flies; two prizes of airfare to Vancouver, with hotel and a sightseeing tour with Vancouver Island Air; and a two-night stay at the Heriot Bay Inn on Quadra Island.
The event is designed for any level of paddler.
Comox Valley Kayaks will be holding an intro/refresher for those who wish to attend. It is a chance to get used to a kayak or refresh some skills on strokes and exits/rescues.
“We run this class a week or two before the event, and it really is a lot of fun to get out and meet other paddlers who will be on the water on the 17th,” they say.
The event is guided by expert paddlers and two chase boats.
After a great day on the water, there is a big barbecue and some prizes. Kayaks and all safety gear are provided by Comox Valley Kayaks . Our other sponsors include Odlum Brown, Alberni Outpost, WestJet, Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Vancouver Island Air, Heriot Bay inn, Scotty Marine Products, Atlas Café, Union Street Grill, The Blackfin Pub, Iday Spa, Cherry Point Vineyards, Storey Creek Golf Club, Comox Golf and Country Club, Wildplay Element Parks, Mount Washington Resort, Coast Hotels, Tsa Kwa Luten Resort and Plates Eatery so far this year.
Anyone wanting to come out and raise money for a great cause and enjoy a great day paddling, or anyone who wants to help out with sponsorship or volunteer positions can e-mail Blaine Brown at email@example.com or visit www.kayakforacure.org and follow the links to “Comox Valley” for more information.
— Kayak For A Cure Comox Valley