Whitehorse Canoe Club
June 5 2016
Hopefully recent and predicted rains are a portend of a great paddling season ahead!
The pseudo-official season-kickoff is the Queen's Birthday weekend trip to the Mitchell River: see the Calendar page for details: it's not too late to get on to this trip.
Book in the weekends listed in the Calendar and do a regular rain-dance, watch out for announcements of spontaneous trips after a good rain, and let's look forward to a great paddling season!
Jan 7 2016
The rain is on summer hiatus so paddling is going to be mainly restricted to the Yarra, Blue Gums, and ocean surfing. But there is talk of running a number of Beginner practice sessions over Jan/Feb on the Yarra, so do keep an eye on the mailing list and facebook group for announcements of those!
There are tentative plans for one, even two, trips up to the Nymboida River in NSW for Easter and April/May; contact Alison (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you might be interested in that.
Check the calendar for all planned trips, as well as signing up to the facebook page (see the button to the left) and mailing list (see under the Contact button) for notifications and updates!
Nepal Earthquate Support Paddle and BBQ (from 2015)
Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, paddling friends of Miriam Pepper, Ram and Georgia Bhandari, set up a fund to rebuild the Shree Jala Kanya Parimaki Primary School, located near Ram's home village in Nepal. The school has 351 students and was completely destroyed in the earthquake. So far they have managed to support a temporary structure but it will cost $20,000 to $30,000 to rebuild the school.
On Sunday 19 July 2015, Whitehorse ran a paddle and bbq to raise funds to support the rebuilding of the school. The bbq was held at Jumping Creek Reserve with participants paddling from Jumping Creek to Warrandyte. The gods were shining on us with rain the weekend prior bringing the river up to a nice level and the weather on the day being perfect. Approximately 50 people from Whitehorse Canoe Club, other canoe clubs, local residents, other paddlers, basically anyone, turned up to support the cause. Ram and Georgia came and Ram provided an overview of the work they are doing to rebuild the school and support the local community.
Approximately $1,500 was raised on the day and after electronic transfers were included a total of $2,000 was raised!
If you would like to find out more information on the rebuilding project and how you can support it please go to Ram and Georgia's website: http://www.whitewaternepal.com/about-us/.
Read more about the event and see photos from the day on the Whitehorse Canoe Club blog.