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Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour
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In 2011, PADDLE (Paddle Against Diabetes Display Love for Earth) was founded in co-operation with SOADI (Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative). PADDLE is an initiative to promote awareness of Diabetes to all people through improving quality of life by bringing families together to live a healthy lifestyle, respect and awareness of Mother Earth and of course paddling!
Community organized PADDLEs are similar to community organized bike rides, walks or runs, except everyone paddles!
PADDLEs have been held in Six Nations and Fergus. We are hoping to expand to Guelph.
The major source of fund raising for PADDLE is The Reel Paddling Film Festival (RPFF).Since 2006, the Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour has been showcasing the very best paddling films. The World Tour screens in more than 120 cities around the world. It inspires people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push extremes, embrace the paddling lifestyle and appreciate the wild places. The RPFF puts people in touch with and connects people with Mother Earth. It is for this reason that PADDLE became associated with RPFF.
On Sunday October 30, PADDLE/RPFF, will be held in Guelph for the first time.
Proceeds will be donated to local Diabetes programs with the assistance of Groves Memorial (Fergus) and Guelph General Hospitals.
There will be a Silent Auction and Door Prize giveaways.
Some Silent Auction items include: Salus PFD’s, Elora Gorge Zip Lining, Canoe Instruction (flat and moving water), canoe paddles, local art, PADDLE t-shirts, a Family Membership for a year to the Canadian Canoe Museum, as well as a 16’ NOVA CRAFT Prospector Canoe.
The RPFF will run form 1 – 4 pm. There will be a total of nine films shown of many types of paddling, from open canoe tripping, to SUP, to whitewater extreme kayaking to kayak fishing for tarpon. There will be something for everyone.
In keeping with its roots, there will be an Indigenous Welcome and Opening Prayer by local Metis singer and drummer, Rachel Lee Cousineau.
Escape to the “water” and join us!
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
They are available at the Bookshelf, Adventure Guide (Waterloo) and online through Eventbrite.