Thousands raised for cancer

The Kelowna Paddle Centre raised over $9,000 during the 24 hour paddle for cancer that took place last weekend. 

The money will be divided into nine envelopes and handed out to local families and individuals affected by cancer. 

For team member Tom Maxwell the day was extra meaningful.

“Cancer has been in my family,” he said. “I know how hard it is for people to deal with.”

Maxwell paddled relay-style with 12 others from the Kelowna Paddle Centre from 8 a.m. April 13 through to 8 a.m. April 14.

Conditions were calm to start, but a storm near midnight forced one crew to shore. They later made up the time.

At least two people on the water together and up to 13 at one time. They paddled a variety of craft including outrigger canoes, stand up paddleboards and surfski kayaks.

“It was tough, but 100 per cent rewarding. I would do it again, but it was definitely a challenge,'' Maxwell added. 

The 24 is a global fundraising effort now in its 5th year with paddlers in more than 40 cities taking part.

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