Fish Hoek Yacht Club 1 June 2013, 08:00

On 1 June global environmental initiative Paddle for the Planet will be taking place in approximately 24 countries around the world in an effort to raise awareness and funds for marine conservation.

Paddle for the Planet 2012  Photo: Jean Trefson.Fish Hoek (Cape Town) will be just one of many spots in the Western Cape that will see paddlers and their paddling crafts hitting the beach at 8am sharp to do a 10 kilometer paddle to the lighthouse and back being led by Global Paddle for the Planet Ambassador, Dawid Mocke. Mocke, who is the current Surfski World Series Champion and title holder for the past four successive years, will be accompanied by his wife Nikki (current SA Women’s Surfski Titleholder) and other like-minded watermen that want to make a difference.

The international relay runs with simultaneous paddling events starting sequentially, at the same time, in the participating countries around the world thereby creating a global relay. Last year more than R50 000 ($US7000) was raised by the paddlers in their fight to fund marine conservation in 18 participating countries that included Abu Dhabi, Australia, Canary Islands, China, Dubai, Hawaii, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Malta, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago and USA.. The money raised through this initiative went towards purchasing boats and equipment in the Daram Marine Reserve, Indonesia.

Dawid says. , “ I am passionate about the ocean, but more so about conserving it. It feels great to be a part of an initiative that can make a small difference. Our goal for 2013 is to have2000 paddlers in the water, in 24 countries, representing every time zone. Often, when faced with the magnitude of environmental issues, a person is left feeling as if there’s nothing that can be done. This event creates an opportunity to make a difference and allows paddlers to come out and be part of making a change.”

Dawid is laying the gauntlet down to those on the coast and inland. ‘What are you doing to making a difference in your environment? This is not just about the well being of our oceans; our rivers and lakes and the wellbeing of earth are all intricately linked. So wherever you are paddle – paddle a river, dam or lake.’ Even if you aren’t a paddler, you can still donate. Visit www.paddlefortheplanet.org, Facebook: Paddle for the Planet for more info or contact Dawid on 084 251 5555. Stickers will be on sale on the day for a cost of R10 each and please bring along any other cash donation you would like to make.

For queries please email dawid@themockes.com or call 084 251 5555.