After 17 days and 640Km, paddler Andrew Stace was ready to finish off his Paddle for Paediatric Palliative Care with a final stretch to the Murray Mouth. He was to be accompanied by supporters and friends but unfortunately weather conditions forced a change of plans. With the company of Marathon Canoe Club of SA President, David Speck, he paddled the last stretch down to the mouth in blustery conditions. Although disappointed that he could not share the final stage with a larger group of paddlers, he was keen to complete the task he set for himself some months before.
The aim of his journey, to raise awareness and funds for the WomenÕs and ChildrenÕs Hospital Paediatric Palliative Care Unit, came about as 9 month old Jeremy Becker, the son of AndrewÕs friends, has been diagnosed with KrabbeÕs Disease and has been a patient at WCH, benefiting from the services provided by the unit.
Andrew completed his objective by paddling for about 8 hours each day and covering on average 42 kilometres. He was amazed by the support he received from organisations and locals along the way, with fundraising dinners organised, accommodation assistance, and wellwishers coming to see him at different stages along his journey and offer donations and support.
The paddle has been very successful event for raising both awareness and much needed funds for the WomenÕs and ChildrenÕs Hospital Paediatric Palliative Care Unit. For Andrew, he feels the success will be ongoing and wonÕt just cease with the conclusion of the paddle. He hopes that the awareness raised will assist in the continued support of the WCH and itÕs programs.
It is expected that AndrewÕs event will have raised in excess of $12,000 for WCH.
The conclusion of the paddle itself is definitely not the end of the fundraising campaign with a major fundraising dinner to be held on Friday 7th October at ÒSferas RestaurantÓ at Modbury. Tickets for the dinner are limited and are available by contacting Kellie Bartlam at WCH on 8161 6936.
Tickets in the raffle are still available from Canoe SA or by contacting Andrew or Jess on 0403 307 859.
The raffle will be drawn on Saturday 8th October, which is also JeremyÕs 1st birthday, at the WCH and has a great list of prizes including a kayak and paddle package generously donated by Perception Kayaking.
Andrew wishes to thank all of the supporters who here assisted with the event, from sponsors, parents, paddlers and organisers and supporters. Without the generous support of these people, this event, and the awareness and funds generated by it, would not have been possible.