Lake Macquarie

Paddlefest

Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise

Paddlefest 2017

26th February 2017

another initiative of the ROTARY CLUB of TORONTO SUNRISE

Each year, Paddlefest has involved around 500 people – in kayaks, dragon boats, outriggers(both for teams of friends and business teams) and Stand up Boards; even a few swimmers for a couple of years. Together we have raised around $140,000 for our local community – paddling in sunshine, wind and rain.

For 2018, we are keen to introduce new participants to the fun of Paddlefest.

We hope you will join us on the 4th March 2018.

NOTE: SUP & KAYAK registrations are at 7am – and the JOINT EVENT STARTS at 8am

  • Cancellation & Weather: If there is a decision to cancel the event based on adverse weather conditions a EVENT CANCELLED notice will be displayed at the TOP of this home page and SMSs will be sent to key organisers between 6 and 7am on the day.
Stand Up Paddler

STAND UP PADDLER

Kayak

KAYAK

Dragon Boat

DRAGON BOAT

Outrigger

OUTRIGGER

Funds raised for :

Youth Mental Health at John Hunter Hospital

Cancer Council NSW

About Paddlefest

Another initiative of the ROTARY CLUB of TORONTO SUNRISE

The focus of Rotary is community service. In 2006 we recognised that there were many community needs in our local west Lake Macquarie area which were related to health and well being. We decided to raise funds and invest our time in an event that would:

• Bring people together to have fun
• Use the beautiful natural environment that we all enjoy in Lake Macquarie – and be water based
• Encourage people to try something new
• Help promote our local area by attracting paddlers from further afield
• Encourage people to be involved in physical activity – good for physical and mental well being
• Include activities for diverse ages and abilities
• Raise substantial funds that could be invested in projects to help those in need.
• Our first Paddlefest was held on Fennell Bay at Blackalls Park, but we soon realised that lots of people were keen to participate and we would need more space – so Paddlefest moved to its current home at Speers Point Park. That was ten years ago.

Each year, Paddlefest has involved around 500 people – in kayaks, dragon boats, outriggers(both for teams of friends and business teams) and Stand up Boards; even a few swimmers for a couple of years. Together we have raised around $140,000 for our local community – paddling in sunshine, wind and rain.

For 2018, we are keen to introduce new participants to the fun of Paddlefest.

We hope you will join us in 2018.