British Canoeing has announced a brand new partnership with Cancer Research UK to support this year’s National Go Canoeing Week, and raise funds for the charity.
The partnership with Cancer Research UK will bring a new dimension to the annual event through fundraising activities, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, and raising the profile of paddlesports on a wider scale.
National Go Canoeing Week is designed to provide a real focal point to attract new people into the sport, enjoy new places to paddle and to stimulate those who really like a challenge to think big and achieve something special.
For 2017 the theme is ‘the Big Adventure’ and with hundreds of events set to take place across the country National Go Canoeing Week is aimed at encouraging as many people as possible to pick up a paddle, get out on the water and raise money for charity.
With a collective target of 30,000 paddling miles set for this year, Go Canoeing and Cancer Research UK have matched this with a fundraising target of £30,000.
Jenny Spencer, Go Canoeing Development Manager at British Canoeing said: “We are really excited to be launching our new partnership with Cancer Research UK. Cancer affects so many people and friends, loved ones and colleagues have been touched by it. That’s why at British Canoeing we are committed to raising as much money as we can for this important cause.
“We hope that the whole sport will get behind National Go Canoeing Week to promote and engage in all kinds of activities and events which encourage paddlers of all abilities to rack up the miles and fundraise for Cancer Research UK
“I am confident that clubs, centres and paddlers throughout country will pull out all the stops to reach our goals of 30,000 miles and £30,000 for Cancer Research UK.”
The money raised for Cancer Research UK will fund life-saving research for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Although the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is going up, the good news is that, thanks to research, survival rates have doubled in the past 40 years. More people across the UK are now beating the disease than ever before.
Cancer Research UK’s work is at the heart of that progress and funds raised through activities such as National Go Canoeing Week are crucial to the work of doctors, nurses and scientists who work day and night to fight cancer on all fronts.
Tracey Jones, Local Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK said: “Every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. With the help of British Canoeing staff and members we are working to find research which will help more men, women and children survive. It’s fantastic that British Canoeing have pledged to raise such an incredible amount of money for us throughout their National Go Canoeing Week and we wish them the best of luck with their fundraising.
“The funds will go towards the charity’s research to beat over 200 types of cancer, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
National Go Canoeing Week will run from 27 May to 4 June and is open to anyone wishing to take on a paddling adventure and raise vital funds.
The SCA is working in partnership with British Canoeing to help and inspire Scottish clubs, centres and paddlers to take part in the week. To find out more about National Go Canoeing Week events near you visit the official website www.gocanoeingweek.org.uk