Paddling for the food bank

Sunshine Kayaking, located in Gibsons Landing Harbour, is hosting aKeats Island Paddlers Challenge next Saturday, Oct. 5, to help raise money and non-perishable food items for the food banks on the Sunshine Coast.

"We are calling on all paddlers to come out and paddle around Keats Island by kayak, paddle board, canoe or outrigger to support the local food banks who are all in need of community support at this time of year," said Loretta Corbeil with Sunshine Kayaking. "We are also calling on all non-paddlers to come down and participate in the challenge by cheering on the paddlers, making a cash donation or bringing down a non-perishable item."

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The fundraiser starts at 1 p.m. All paddlers will launch and meet at the breakwater inGibsons Landing Harbour, paddle over to Keats Island, circumnavigate Keats Island and then cross over Shoal Channel back to the harbour breakwater. This paddle challenge is not a race -it is for fun and enjoyment and to raise funds.

Donation to participate is $10 per person, with participants encouraged to raise additional donations for their completion of the challenge.

All money and food collected will go to support the Salvation Army of Hope in Gibsons, St. Bart's Church in Gibsons, Sunshine Coast Community Services in Sechelt and the Pender Harbour Community Church in Madeira Park.

Registration can be done in one of four categories: individual, family, group or business.

If you do not paddle and want to participate, you can donate directly by coming down to the Sunshine Kayaking office, or going to your local food bank location to make a cash donation or bring a non-perishable food item. The most needed items for the food bank are peanut butter, pasta sauce and pasta, canned fish and meats, canned fruit and vegetables, tetra boxed juices, powdered milk, canned beans, macaroni and cheese, rice and personal care products. Learn more

A prize will be awarded to the paddler with the most pledged dollars.

To participate, register with Sunshine Kayaking by calling 604-886-9760 or email

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