Paddle for Hope

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Introducing our Heroes standing up for cancer rehab.


    Radio presenter on The Mix, writer and Mum of three Mel Homer... "Being out on the water is my happy place. It is one of the most soothing, therapeutic things I know. SUP is so rewarding – you get to be out on the water AND get some great exercise at the same time".


    "I want to inspire all women and men out there to know there is hope beyond the cancer diagnosis and there is a community out there for them to reach out to!"  two-times breast cancer survivor and founding ambassador Karin Horen.


    "I believe in the strength of community and the amazing energy of nature - that when combined creates a healthy support system for any rehabilitation."  Hannah Jensen, Contemporary NZ Artist and creator of our beautiful 2016 Paddle For Hope artwork.


    From a sporting background, ex Warriors player, Wairangi Koopu is a huge advocate for the benefits of physical activity - not only for your body but your mental wellbeing too.  "My father died of cancer recently, as many others have. To represent him and others in supporting Paddle For Hope, I'd be doing him proud.”


    "I'm paddling for everyone that has been touched by cancer. Every drop in the ocean under me, is a person affected by Cancer." Emma Mildon, author of The Soul Searchers Handbook, international columnist and spiritual personal assistant, lost her Mother to cancer when she was 16.


    "The PaddleOn program has been fantastic in helping me recover my strength, zest for life & love of exercise, following my breast cancer diagnosis & surgeries. Through this programme I have made some great friends and realised that exercise can be fun, relaxing & enjoyable, and so much more. I want everyone that has been diagnosed with cancer to be able to access these programmes wherever they are in NZ.”


    Hauraki Radio DJ Jay Reeve has been on board with Paddle For Hope since the beginning to raise awareness and funds for cancer rehab - he's not shy of pink lycra.


    New Zealand TV personality & ocean lover, Shannon Ryan, is supporting Paddle For Hope 2016 because she understands & promotes being on the ocean and the community aspect of it that encourages health & happiness. Shannon is excited & passionate about promoting the PaddleOn cancer rehabilitation program to help increase the quality of life of those living with the affects of cancer here in Aotearoa.


    High Performance Art of Surfing Coach & Billabong-sponsored free-surfer Matt Scorringe was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009. "This whole event and cause (cancer rehab) really hits home for me, because when I went through my journey with cancer - that's when the system really lets you go..."


    3 News Reporter & Presenter, Ash Tulloch, has a love for the water and any opportunity to help wonderful people to make the most out of life.  “I want to help raise awareness for Paddle for Hope in hopes that others will seize the opportunity to laugh, make friends and be one with nature for this amazing charity”.


    Actor, Personal Trainer and SUP enthusiast, Jared Turner, hopes to help raise awareness and money for Paddle For Hope, to encourage anyone and everyone to give stand up paddle boarding a go – especially when when it can make such a difference to the lives of those battling one of life’s biggest battles.


    "The support from well trained, knowledgeable & professional physiotherapists added to the easy, stress free, low impact rehab that paddle boarding provided me to get more active and get on track with restoring wellness after cancer treatment and surgery.  Being on the water is amazing and I was so surprised with how easy paddle boarding is. I would recommend paddling to women of all ages who have lived the breast cancer journey. "