3rd Annual Standup Salmon Run and Paddle for the Planet Windup

“Paddle for the Planet 2011” will wind up on Saturday, December 31, 2011! If successful, that will be the day I dip the paddle in the water for the 365th consecutive day of Standup Paddle Surfing as a fund raiser for the “David Suzuki Foundation”! I am pretty sure I will feel like celebrating that day and I want to invite you to join me!

The first event of the day will be a fun pledge paddle at Rotary Beach in Kelowna, B.C. starting at 11 a.m. Chances are it will be cold and there will be snow, so bundle up! This will be a short course event with great spectating right in front of the beach! The course will be a compact figure 8 and you will paddle as many laps as you can in 1 hour! Paddlers are encouraged to collect donations and/or pledges, and all the money collected will go directly to the “David Suzuki Foundation”. This fun event, which is not a race (heh, heh) is free for all paddlers!

The second event of the day will be considerably warmer! Paddle for the Planet has rented a hall for the wind up celebration, and once again you are invited (don’t have to paddle in the first event, or even be a paddler) from 1-5 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Hall, 1310 Bertram St. Kelowna, B.C.! In honor of the “3rd Annual Standup Salmon Run” there will be food (salmon of course), catered by well known and very talented local chef, Rob Walker! There will be an announcement regarding future plans for “Paddle for the Planet”! There are also some very special guests coming, including Norm Hann from “Standup4GreatBear! For those of you that don’t know Norm, he paddled 400 kilometers of water from Kitimat to Bella Bella to bring attention to the fact that Enbridge wants to run supertankers through the eco-sensitive Great Bear Rain Forest. His story is compelling and he will be showing the documentary that was filmed during this trip, an absolute must see for anyone interested in preserving priceless natural lands. Tickets for this event are $25 and $10 will come off the top for the “David Suzuki Foundation”! More is planned, you will just have to come see for yourself! Get your tickets early, the hall holds a maximum of 100 people! Contact Bob at bobpurdy@silk.net or 250-215-0241 for more info, and to purchase your ticket!

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