Paddle Across the Bay for a cancer-free future

Wednesday 15 November, 2017

 

Paddle Across the Bay, a much-loved sporting event proudly supporting Cancer Council Victoria, will take place in March 2018 and registrations are now open. 

The fundraising event involves participants raising money in the lead up to completion of a 10 kilometre course across Port Phillip Bay on a stand up paddle board.  

The course will take participants anywhere between one and a half to two hours to complete, depending on fitness level and experience. Paddle Across the Bay began in 2016 and participants have raised over $100,000 in that time with most of the fundraising happening before the event day. 

Cancer Council Victoria Head of Events, Megan Potter, said funds raised by participants will go towards vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

”Events like this rely on the time, commitment and support of those participants who so generously get involved and raise funds. Paddle Across the Bay is a great event to experience with family, friends or colleagues! We hope even more people sign up to Australia’s largest stand-up paddle event this year and raise much needed funds so that Cancer Council Victoria can continue its work.” 

Ms Potter said taking part in Paddle Across the Bay also encourages participants to train in the lead up and to get active – thus reducing their risk of cancer.

“There are lots of reasons to sign up to this event- there are free paddle board classes going in the lead up, boards can be made available for use on the event day and as with any physical activity, you reduce your risk of cancer. All of these benefits- as well as doing good! ”

Cesar Aldea, one of the founders of the event, said “We’d like to encourage people who have been affected by cancer to take part – to take this opportunity to actively do something for the fight against cancer. When my mom died from the disease, I wanted to do something that could help prevent others going through the same experience.”

“I wanted to raise money to help fund improved treatments for rare types of cancer, which are sometimes at a disadvantage compared to more common cancers. Cancer Council Victoria looks at all cancers and all people, so this is a really good fit.” 

For more information about the event visit www.paddleacrossthebay.com.au