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Kayaking for Kemo Kids

There is only one sure way to get rid of those unwanted kilos collected over the New Year period - get in your kayak and paddle!!!

That is just what Bob Glenister and friends are doing when they Kayak for Kemo Kids on January 13.

The 1,000 km from Coolangatta to Sydney will be covered in 23 days by the five kayakers, all dedicated to raising as much money as possible for cancer research at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. This is the third year the event has taken place and each time it is bigger and better.

"It is a tough call but we are all desperate to succeed. The difference we can make to kids with cancer is enough to spur us all on despite the often difficult conditions. I am not sure that we ate so much over Christmas or just trained hard." Bob said.

Kayaking for Kemo Kids was Bob's vision. It was his way of coping with the distress of his daughter's cancer, his way of helping. Rebecca is now well on the road to recovery and Bob is still making a difference to kemo kids.

The event has already raised sufficient money to create the first paediatric tumour bank in the Southern Hemisphere. This will make a profound difference to research across the world and has placed the Hospital in a better position to improve diagnosis and clinical treatment.

The kayakers will call in at such coastal towns as Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Forster and Nelson Bay on the long trip down.

"We are hoping to raise over $200,000 this year with the help of all communities on the way. It is amazing the support we receive and the sense of achievement that comes from knowing that we have made a difference." Bob said.

And of course Rebecca is Bob's biggest fan. "I think Dad's paddling is great work after all him and mum have gone through. Lots of nice people help Dad, who help Kemo Kids like me." she proudly said.

Donations can be given to paddlers or the support crew en route or posted to PO Box 3122, Asquith 2077.

Please visit OutdoorNet Australia for further information,
or contact Gilly Paxton - Manager Public Relations (02) 9845 3568

Kayaking for Kemo Kids

This document was released on Friday, 22 December, 2000

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