The Paddle for Hope is a fun annual festival of Stand Up Paddling created by breast cancer survivor Karin Horen to raise money for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, to promote the essential role of physical exercise in health, wellbeing and rehabilitation, and to recognise that family and peer support is integral to fighting and beating breast cancer.
In 2012 we turned the sea pink with a beginners SUP Clinic, SUP Yoga and a Teams Relay Race on Sat 27th October in Auckland's Western Viaduct Harbour, raising $55k towards the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s rehabilitation programmes for women recovering from breast cancer surgery.
This year, after more than ten years of volunteer work with the Breast Cancer Foundation in NZ, Australia and Israel, Karin began the next step of her journey with breast cancer. Thinking that back in 1999 she would be free from cancer forever, in 2013 Karin was diagnosed with cancer in the other breast. Karin had a skin sparing mastectomy in March and will have chemotherapy for the next four months. The next step will be radiotherapy and the last stage final reconstruction.
While in 1999 Karin faced this journey on her own, this time round she is being challenged with three little girls, aged 1, 2.5 and 6. Her will to live and thrive still remains and is maybe even greater.
“No surgery will remove what I have in me and what I have to give, no chemo will erase and no radiotherapy will burn. I am meant to be here and with my passion, experience and love help others. I could not be more grateful that this time, again, I listened to my body, I knew something was not right and I kept going to the clinic to make sure I got the right answers. And there it was!
My message is as always: Know your body, love and trust yourself. This is the only way."
Let's stand together with Karin this year in her fight against breast cancer!
SUP Relay Race
Each person will paddle once around a fixed course (approx 600m) that runs in a North-South direction along the Western Viaduct Marina, before handing over the board and paddle to the next team member at the bottom of the Gateway Plaza steps. There will be a maximum of 50 teams with 4 people per team. Total distance 2400m. Expected time 15 min per person.
To make the event even more fun and a fantastic spectacle for onlookers and media alike, we want everyone to go the extra mile and do the event in fancy dress - pink of course.
Race day is Saturday 19th October, in the Western Viaduct Harbour, downtown Auckland. The event will take place at the Gateway Plaza, in the new Wynyard Quarter, corner of Jellicoe and Halsey Streets, Auckland.
Event Registration Opens : 10am Gateway Plaza
Warmup start time : 12.00pm
SUP Yoga start time : 1pm
Race Briefing : 1.45pm
SUP Relay Race start time : 2pm
Prizegiving : 3.30pm at Marvel Grill
The entry fees for a team of four are:
$200 per team + donation/corporate team sponsorship (recommended level of $300)
All entries are donated directly to the NZBCF.
We can only accommodate a maximum of 200 in the race, so if you’d like to part of this wonderful event in support of a truly worth cause contact us now!
Online entries will be open soon, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any entry or sponsorship enquiries.
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Participants in the Paddle for Hope can purchase a Limited Edition 11’2’’ x 30’’ Starboard Blend or 12'0'' x 32" Starboard Big Easy in AST White with custom Nikki Sorich graphics and an Enduro fiber tufskin paddle for just $1700. $500 from each sale will be donated to The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. To purchase please email or phone email@example.com on 021 926 698.
After the race there will be a prizegiving at Marvel Bar and Grill in the Viaduct.
Congratulations to all paddlers who completed the Viaduct Harbour race in 2012, and to those who won best costume and performance! We hope to see you back in 2013!
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Event Manager | Victoria Stuart
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