The Dare Devils’ 100km SUP Dare

WHO: Duff Gibson (@duffgibson), a proud Calgary Fire Fighter, former Olympic Skeleton Champion and the current National Skeleton Team Coach. Joining me is Kelly Forbes, my former teammate and now co-coach of the National Skeleton Team. Kelly is also the only person I’ve ever met who has an alter ego (@bodehawkins)! The third Dare Devil is Bruce Kirkby (@magicwillhappen) and as an accomplished adventure traveller, writer and photographer, he adds a bit of clout to the team. Please follow us on Twitter for news leading up to, and during, the Dare!

WHAT: We are daring to paddle 100 kms on SUP’s (Stand Up Paddleboards) over a 24 hour period, non-stop. On flat-water, that’s a long-day!

WHY the Dare Devils? Because we’re raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation as part of the Dare Campaign! It almost seems as though the HIV/AIDS panemic has been put on the back burner in terms of the public consciousness, even though there are millions and millions of orphans in sub-Saharan Africa being raised, if tey’re lucky, by a sibling or a grandmother. HIV/AIDS is still a brutal reality and that’s why the SLF talks about “turning the tide of AIDS in Africa”. When my wife and I visited Ethiopia to adopt our boys in ’08, that part of the world became very close to our hearts. The trip also showed us very dramatically what a seemingly small amount of money can do when in the hands of certain grassroots organizations.Please join us in making a tremendous difference in the lives of those on the frontlines who are turning the tide of the pandemic in their communities.

WHERE: On the beautiful Kalamalka Lake, Vernon B.C., and very kindly hosted by the Kalavida Surf Shop in Vernon.

WHEN: June 3rd and 4th

ALSO: If you’re a SUP’er, or paddler of some kind, make a donation here online or on the day of the event, and join us for part of the trip!We’d love the company and the whole point is to raise money for the SLF so DONATE and come out if you can!

The money we raise will go directly to support the inspiring transformation in sub-Saharan Africa, where community-based organizations are working to turn the tide of AIDS. To make a donation, please click on the Donate button above the thermometer. It’s simple, fast and totally secure and will make such a difference to the incredible African women and men who rise to meet the challenges of the pandemic with extraordinary acts of courage, ingenuity, determination, and strength in their communities. So please dig deep and donate now. Thank you!

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