Timmins! You are invited to join our Paddle 4 the Cure Heart of Gold Warriors Team as we paddle with a purpose to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.
We are joining paddlers from across the province in flaunting our pink in the Pink Paddle Parade to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research through the Canadian Cancer Society. Paddlers of all ages, on any craft, including the paddling pups are welcome on board!
Our local paddler will take place on Sunday August 29th on the Mattagami River at 1pm for a 5km paddle up the Mountjoy River to Miller Lake.
Rebel Soul is proudly sponsoring the event by giving a free trucker hat to anyone on the team who raises over $150.
We are so lucky to have our local champion, Steph Salvati, taking the lead on organizing our local event here in Timmins. Steph has done such an incredible job that our Heart of Gold team is leading the province as the highest fundraising team to date. This is a cause that is near and dear to Steph's heart and she is kind enough to share her story here.
"When Covid hit in 2020 it stopped me from doing many of the things I like to do, such as travel during my summer break. As a result, I took up paddle boarding and by the end of the summer I had purchased my own pink breast cancer board. This was more than just a board to me since my mother passed away from breast cancer in 2010 and it held great meaning each time I paddled. This board led to many other possibilities, as I learned about the virtual Paddle 4 the Cure that was taking place in the summer of 2020.
I decided to sign up for this event in memory of my mother, Donna Salvati. Breast cancer fundraising and awareness was something that my mother took great pride in. She started “Pink Day” at the Timmins and District Hospital to raise funds for Breast Cancer and was part of many local fundraising events. She was always known to have everything in pink and being a nurse herself they honoured her hard work by hanging her portrait in the department where she worked.
My intention for the paddle was to raise a hundred dollars and it ended up being much larger than I anticipated. The outpour of donations from family and friends was heartwarming. As a result, I was the second top fundraiser in Ontario, raising $1,495.00.
This year I wanted to make the event bigger in my hometown of Timmins, Ontario.I started a team called, “The Heart of Gold Warriors” and we are already off to a great start. Everyone has a touching story with cancer and I know that every dollar we raise will help those that are still fighting their battle. On August 29th I want to bring us one paddle closer to finding a cure for breast cancer."
Will you be joining Steph and the team on the water? Register to be part of the team here: https://bit.ly/3xLiPL
Annoying participating in the event are encouraged to post pics on social tagging #paddle4thecure2021