It’s another #FundraiserFriday and this week we feature a guest blog by Carsten Plesier who is stand-up paddle boarding for two cancer charities.
“The “SUP4Change“ Challenge was launched in 2014 and was a solo paddle from Reading to Windsor (33 miles). It was a non-stop, unassisted, man powered stand up paddle challenge created to raise funds for people who are less fortunate through disease or circumstances. Last year, the charity supported was the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as many people along the route were affected by the floods. I also felt as I was paddling on the River I should give something back.
This year I’m pairing up with my colleague, Jai Mabey, and we are increasing the intensity of the challenge. We will do a 40 mile paddle from Oxford Osney lock to Caversham lock in Reading. We estimate this will take us between 8 and 10 hours.
This year, the charities supported will be Cancer Research UK and Children with Cancer. We are fortunate to be healthy and fit and many of us have been, and will be, affected by this terrible disease.
My partner’s friend was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the beginning of the year and is currently undergoing chemotherapy as well as being involved in a drug trial. The treatment is constantly improving and the survival rate is rising which is due to all the amazing research that is done. Cancer can be controlled and treated and we want to help keep this fund alive and ensure new improved treatments become available.
Stand up paddle boarding is a great sport and recently gained a lot of popularity in the UK due to the fact that it’s easy to learn and can be done by anyone at any age. It works all core muscles and a great way to keep fit! I live right by the River Thames and I’m lucky enough to be able to train on the river
To kick start the preparation for the long SUP, we took part in the Battle of the Thames race on 9th July 2015. This is a 10 mile race so a good start, we’re hoping people will come along and cheer us from the banks of the Thames!
Motivation is a key thing – but the word impossible does not exist in our vocabulary. We want to donate as much as possible to these two charities. The research into Cancer is vital if we are to continue to save the lives of our loved ones!”
You can support Carsten via his Virgin Money Giving page.