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Paddle Fun

Organized by Dragon Boat Association (DBA), Taiwanese Cultural Festival (TCF)

and CKNW Orphans' Fund.

Join us for this exciting event on the Vancouver scene. Here is your opportunity to participate in the fast-growing pastime of dragon boating while doing your part for a good charitable cause and get a chance to win some valuable prizes in the process.

Event:  Individuals are required to raise a donation of at least $20 with proceeds going to the CKNW Orphans' Fund. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday September 5, 2005 teams will be formed from the pool of available paddlers. Each team will be shown the techniques of paddling and have a practice session for about 20 minutes before doing a timed race over a 250-metre course. The team with the best time will be awarded a prize package donated by Telus and be notified by the organizers after the close of the event.

Signing up: In August, a pledge form for raising donations and registering as a participant will be available on line and at designated locations. Participants should be a minimum of 100 cm (3'3") in height or 30 kg in weight. The completed registration form should be returned to the designated locations along with the donation and an entry pass will be issued to attend to the Taiwanese Cultural Festival at the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver. Individuals will be organized into teams of 18 paddlers plus a flag-puller, under the guidance of an experienced coach and a steersperson.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do I need, and when? You can show up at any time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The time required for organizing the teams would depend on the turnout of paddlers. The on-water time for paddling is about half an hour. You can indicate a preferred time for racing when you submit your completed registration form.

How do I get donations? Once you obtain a registration form you can ask family, friends and colleagues to support your participation in this charitable cause. You could also challenge people in your neighborhood, workplace or community to take part in this fun event to achieve bragging rights. The organizers endorse neither door-to-door solicitation nor that Paddle Fun participants seek donations from strangers.

Should I try to form a team of 19 people by myself? Not necessarily. Teams will be formed from the pool of registered participants who show up for the event. However, you are also welcome to gather a group of similar-minded participants in advance and then you would all be in the same boat. There are no restrictions on the proportion of males and females on a team.

Are there health restrictions? Please consider this event to be one that requires some physical exertion, but not excessive or of prolonged duration. Although the dragon boating paddling community includes many seniors and persons who have various health challenges, e.g. sight-impaired individuals, cancer survivors, organ transplant donors or recipients, you should gain approval from your physician if physical exertion could lead to any health-related problems, particularly heart or lung ailments. As with the majority of public events based on physical activity, each person in the Paddle Fun event is required to sign a waver of liability on the part of the organizers for any illness or injury incurred during the Paddle Fun.

What do I wear? Try to wear comfortable clothing that allows you to stretch and move about easily and suited to the weather conditions. Running shoes would be preferred as compared to leather dress shoes and high heels.

What do I get from the Paddle Fun? You will be raising funds for a good charitable cause, the CKNW Orphans' Fund, and be introduced to the increasingly popular sport of dragon boating - a pastime that provides exercise with friendship, teamwork and fun. Each participant will receive an entry pass to the Taiwanese Cultural Festival and a "CKNW and I Paddled for Orphans' Fund" T-shirt. The members of the team with the fastest time over the 250-metre course will receive a prize donated by Telus. Other prizes may become available by race day. In addition, you have the chance to win a $5000 Edgewater Casino jackpot, a -year lease on a Mercedes-Benz Smart Car, a SONY LCD TV, and other prizes available to those who attend the Taiwanese Cultural Festival. The TCF has won the Canada Best Cultural Award for the past four years and offers good fun, food and festivities.

Can I get a tax-deductible receipt? In contrast to an outright pledge or a donation to other charitable causes, participants of Paddle Fun receive an entry pass to the Taiwanese Cultural Festival and a special event T-shirt. Because items of value are received for participating, a tax-deductible receipt cannot be issued.

Can I get more information from a human being? Certainly. Please call the DBA at (604) 644-8384.

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