Posted by: paddle4mentawais | December 9, 2010

The Next Challenge!

Yesterday I was invited to speak at the  American Community School in Abu Dhabi about the National Day Paddle. The Grade 9 and 10s gave up their break to listen to me speak. I was really impressed by the their attention, especially when shown the images of the conditions in the Mentawais. THe theme of the talk was based on explaining the issue and taking action. Many thanks to Haje and Anne for inviting me!

During the talk I announced the next step towards achieving the fund raising goal: To organise a group/relay paddle around Yas Island on the 21st or 22nd of January next year. Already I have a group who have put themselves forward. If you are interested, get in touch quick using the comment facility on the blog. While I would like as many people as possible to be on the Paddle, numbers will be limited by the numbers of boards available. I know we can organise some from a few places, but I’m not sure exactly how many. First in first served

Yas Island looks to be about 20km around and most of it will be in protected waters, so wind shouldn’t be too much of an issue. The timing will depend on the tides, although it shouldn’t be as much of an issue as the big island. It should take about 3-5 hours and we already have some offers of support crew to look after paddlers. (Thanks!)

I’m hoping to get people who have never paddled before to get a group together and form a relay team. While more confident/expereinced paddlers can have a go at the whole trip. To get a feel, I will be trying to organise some practice paddles soon. Get in touch if you would like to find out more. (Post a comment below. It will come to my email before being posted on the site).

Also, could I ask you to please click on the links to the newspaper stories in the Links section. This will let them know this story is of interest and hopefully we will get more follow up stories. Not to mention, for those of you on Facebook, the SurfAid International page. If you like the page and then also the post they did on our first Paddle that will help get the message out there. Of all of the hits on this blog, (over 500 now), the majority have been linked from Facebook.

The current tally is getting close to 10 000 Dirham. I will be collecting from a few places tomorrow before sending off the first collective donation tomorrow afternoon. Thanks again to all who have contributed!


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