Sunday, June 18, 2006

Kayak against Cancer

Our dive club, Kayuba, puts on an annual event called Kayak Against Cancer. People sign up to kayak a certain course off the beach of Fort Lauderdale, and they collect donations for the American Cancer Society. Jim and I were very involved the first couple years of the event, then we've been gone for the last couple years. This is the 6th year, and it was a great event. First of all, it was a beautiful morning. Club members and other volunteers gathered at the put-in point on the beach at 6am! Here's Geri and me at the registration table. Here's Glenn. I believe he is always the top fundraiser. This year he said he didn't even solicit donations and still he brought in over $5,000! According to my count, we had 33 kayaks participating. A good turnout. Here's our intrepid event leader, Chuck, giving the participants a safety briefing. And, they're off! How wonderful to have calm seas. Contrast this to the last one where Jim and I were involved. Here's Chuck in 2003, giving the start signal. And the kayaks taking off. It's a very 'feel-good' event. Running the registration desk, I counted over $15,000 donated, and that doesn't count sponsorships and more donations I know were expected at the post-race party. We didn't go to the party because we had a family event at Jim's folk's house. Way to go! Kayak Against Cancer!

K A Y U B A ! ! !

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