Paddle for the Kids (PFTK)
The Voyageur program's major annual event is the Paddle For The Kids, which is a fund-raiser in support of the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. Thanks to the generous support of our members' sponsors, the club donates more than $20,000 annually to help the Lions Society in providing opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in overnight camping experiences at Camp Shawnigan .
The Paddle entails the circumnavigation of the Saanich Peninsula from Brentwood Bay to the Gorge Waterway: 65 kilometers - 10 to 12 hours. The full VCKC fleet of voyageur canoes makes the all-day trip, with members paddling in shifts.
The Lion's Clubs of Central Saanich provide food, bus transportation and warm, dry rest areas along the route. This event, usually in late spring, follows a series of practice paddles in February and March. In the lead up to the Big Day, participating club members spend many Sunday hours on the water building their paddling skills, and are also engaged in spreading the word about PFTK and Camp Shawnigan, all in the cause of signing up sponsors.
The 36th Annual Paddle for Camp Shawnigan will be on Saturday April 1, 2017. We start our practice season on February 12, and there will be a day-long voyageur trip each Sunday thereafter until March 226. See the newsletter for details. To take part in the training practice paddles (open to all VCKC members), be at the Clubhouse by 8.30am on Sundays during the practice period. No previous paddling experience required.
To support the BC Lions Club handicapped children's camp without getting wet, here is a link to more information:
Click on the above link and it will take you to our Paddle for the Kids page, from there you can click on the donate link at the bottom of the page. You will be directed to our secure payment site where you can donate online. PLEASE remember to fill in that the donation is to go to Paddle for the Kids and the name of the person you are making the specific donation to. This information will go where the question is asked…Tell us about your gift - do you have a specific program, service, individual or team you want to give to?
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