For 23 years, the Mandurah over 55 Kayak Club has held various functions to raise money for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation. This was initiated by two of the Kayak Club members who are the parents of Tracey, a child who died of a rare bone cancer.
The first Charity Paddle in support of CLCRF was held on the Murray River from Sandy Cove to Pinjarra and return, spanning approximately 42 kms. These paddles are now annual events still held on the Murray River at Murray Bend where members are charged $10 to paddle various distances, including a 30km return paddle to Pinjarra.
There is also a raffle for members, both active and retired, with proceeds added to the final donation tally to CLCRF. The morning ends with a BBQ provided by the Kayak Club. All paddles on this day are dedicated to raising funds for the Foundation.
Donations also come from a Book Club and a Craft Club who have Kayak club members participating in them, as well as a Morning Tea arranged by one of the members, and some other raffles along the way.
Sadly, due to COVID restrictions, the Mandurah over 55 Kayak Club Charity Paddle has not been able to go ahead the last 2 years. However, the club was still able to donate $2,000 this year from the various donations and funds left over from last year.
We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the Mandurah over 55s Kayak Club. During these uncertain times, we admire the Club’s generosity and we look forward to many more years of their support.