Some of the paddlers in this year’s Paddle For Life at the beginning of their journey from Lismore to Ballina.
Some of the paddlers in this year’s Paddle For Life at the beginning of their journey from Lismore to Ballina.

Paddlers stand up for LADS

About 40 paddlers took part in the eighth annual Paddle for Life, raising $10,000 for the Summerland Early Intervention Program and Southern Cross LADS.

Event organiser Tim Limbert said the weather was fairly kind to them this year with a bit of everything.

“We had some rain, a fair bit of overcast, which is the best weather for paddling, and a bit of sun... On the last day the tide and the wind were against the paddlers so it was a bit of a tough one to get to the end, but they were all happy they made the journey safely,” he said.

The event is a three day, two night paddle from Lismore to Ballina and for the first time this year, there were a couple of stand up paddlers in the field.

Mr Limbert said there are several people who have done six or seven of the eight events standing up, but no-one who had done them all. There were also many people paddling for the first time.

“It’s growing in awareness every year,” he said.

Mr Limbert said they had fantastic support from the business community and the local service clubs in providing food and other support for the paddlers.

“This means we are able to give more to the charities, which is really the aim of the whole thing.”


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