Since your blog reaches paddling enthusiasts in Ontario and beyond, I
am seeking your help in spreading the word about a paddling event that
promises to be a great day on the water while raising funds for an
Paddlers are invited to join Grady's Paddle for SickKids as we canoe or
kayak from the town of Burk's Falls, down the flat water of the
Magnetawan River and across Lake Ceceebe, to the village of Magnetawan.
The route is 32km (there will also be a 21km route for beginners) and
passes through some beautiful scenery just north of Muskoka.
The event takes place on July 10th and will be supported on the water
and along the shore, including free transport from the finish back to
the start for paddlers as well as their watercraft. Canoe and kayak
rentals are available from local outfitters (many at a deep discount)
for those who don't have their own. There will be food, entertainment
and great prizes at the end of the route. Many paddling and outdoor
industry members have been very generous with prizes and support. The
grand prize --a 14' Sanarac sport kayak from Swift Canoe-- will be
awarded to the participant who collects the most pledges over $1,000.
Paddlers are asked to register and collect pledges in support of
SickKids Hospital Critical Care Unit. Grady's Paddle for SickKids is
sanctioned by SickKids Foundation and tax receipts will be issued for
donations over $20.
The event was conceived and is being organized by my friend, Judy
Dibben, in memory of her grandson, Grady King, who died at 6 months old
due to a congenital heart defect. Grady's family learned first hand of
the care given by the team at SickKids, and are committed to supporting
their further efforts. Your help in supporting this event will be
We ask you to spread the word among your network of readers in the
hopes that some of them will be interested in participating. Anyone is
also welcome to support the event with prize donations. Tax receipts
will be issued for the full retail value of prizes over $20 value
(please supply receipt with prize).
And of course, you're also invited to put your own canoe or kayak in
the water and join us for a great paddle and a fun day!
For more information about Grady's Paddle for SickKids and Grady's
story, please visit:
Thank you for your time, and for any support you can offer.