Paddlers need support

Allen Rutter is getting in training for his 1000 km fundraising paddle, which begins on March 3.
Allen Rutter is getting in training for his 1000 km fundraising paddle, which begins on March 3.

WHY would Allen Rutter spend eight hours a day for three weeks getting sore muscles in a cramped sea kayak? He has the best excuse ? he is helping a very good cause.

Mr Rutter will be one of six people paddling 1000km from Sydney to Brisbane, from March 3 to 25, to raise money to help children with cancer. Kayak and Cycle for Kemo Kids will have a major fundraising day in Coffs Harbour March 13.

Mr Rutter is a well-known face on the waterfront, not only for his sport but through his Porters Liquor bottle shop at the Jetty and his support for community events.

He has been raising money for Kayaking 4 Kemo Kids for three years, but this year he has decided to go one better and man a paddle himself.

"I am excited to be one of the paddlers and I feel privileged to be part of the team helping to raise money for kids with cancer," he said.

Camp Quality Coffs Harbour, a major beneficiary of KC4KK, has said there are 20 local families with children with cancer.

The paddlers will arrive in Nambucca Heads on March 12. They will be in Coffs Harbour on March 13 and 14 and in Woolgoolga on March 15.

A welcome by the mayor and Camp Quality is planned at Coffs Harbour Jetty at 4-5pm on March 13, followed by a head shave and a dinner at the Crying Tiger. On March 14 the paddlers and cyclists will visit Coffs Harbour Golf Club and local schools and there will be a barbecue at the Jetty Foreshores at 6.30pm. Families of children with cancer are also invited to join the barbecue.

The paddlers will be staying at HMAS Vendetta during their Coffs Harbour visit.

To help Allen in his quest can contact Porters Liquor Ph 6652 5455, fax 6651 3360.

There are raffle tickets $2; caps $15, T-shirts $20, Crying Tiger dinner tickets $60 including wines and champagne, or you could sponsor a head shave with four local men losing their locks.

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