INVITATION TO PADDLE THE PENINSULA – SUNDAY 3 JUNE 2012  We are sending you this invitation because you were brave enough to join us last year, you were part of the support team, or have expressed an interest in doing the paddle. Either way, we warmly invite you participate in this year’s Peninsula Paddle. It’s fun to think we can take to the waterways and paddle from the Indian to the Atlantic in one day, and with good camaraderie along route. Whether you choose to do the whole route or just a short section, it all helps to draw attention to the condition of the City’s waterways.

Once again we intend to use the mantra that we used on the very first paddle: ‘Take back the City’s waterways’. It’s a plea to change the way in which our waterways are being treated. Waterways know no boundaries – what happens on the land ends up in our waterways. This year is particular important because we will be able to highlight the work of the City’s ‘Kadar Asmal Project’ which has been tasked with cleaning rivers and is also a job creation initiative. We’d like to think that the Peninsula Paddle has been instrumental in getting this initiative running, but we also need to see that attention is focused on this work to help sustain the effort. Media attention does help. 

We’d really like you to participate again and also to invite your friends to join you!  We need a large armada of crafts to pitch up to the start (paddle Zandvlei and/or Princess Vlei); paddle the Black River from Rondebosch Golf course, and up the Riet River in Milnerton to our final destination. These stretches present excellent photo opportunities. Of course we’d like you to paddle the whole distance!

If you would like to participate, please register your interest either by replying to this email or via the website. In the meanwhile, book Sunday 3 June; get your kayak ready; do a little fitness training (but not too much or else we won’t be able to keep up with you!); and invite your friends and family either to cheer you along on the day or join us on the water.

More details about Peninsula Paddle 2012 will be sent to you on email and are also available on the website:  http://peninsulapaddle.wordpress.com/

We look forward to your response.

Kevin Winter                                Catherine Ritchie                            
(Friends of Liesbeek)                    (WESSA

On behalf of the Organising Committee.