California Canoe & Kayak and Jack London Square sponsor the 8th Annual Support Strokes Paddle Fundraiser on Saturday, August 23. Event time is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is open to non-paddlers as well as paddlers from novice to expert. Participants new to the sport have the opportunity to take a kayaking class with California Canoe & Kayak for half price or paddle in a tandem with an experienced paddler.

Published: August, 2008 

Support Strokes Paddle Fundraiser

Making Waves for Women with Cancer

This event is not limited to canoes and kayaks. All paddlers and rowers are welcome to participate. Teams are encouraged. Pre-event training sessions will be available for registered participants in the month prior to the event.

There are three courses from 2 miles for beginners, 8 miles for intermediate paddlers and a challenging, 15.5-mile paddle or race around Alameda Island. All courses begin and end at Jack London Square in Oakland.

Paddlers raise money for breast cancer advocacy, support, research, and treatment. All proceeds benefit local Bay Area non-profit organizations working to help women with cancer. Last yearís event raised over $40,000 that went directly to: Breast Cancer Action, Breast Cancer Fund, Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic and Womenís Cancer Resource Center.

California Canoe & Kayak will provide discounted kayak and canoe rentals to registered participants as needed. Reservations for boats are required.

The registration fee is $20 and each participating paddler is asked to raise a minimum of $100. Registration includes: t-shirt, lunch, discount class, kayak rental and raffle ticket. All pledges raised will be distributed amongst the beneficiaries based on the donorís choice. Online donations or registration can be made at www.calkayak.com or pick up a registration form at California Canoe & Kayak, 409 Water Street in Jack London Square, Oakland CA 94607, (510) 893-7833.