As the “2014 CIBC Run for the Cure” Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Directors boarded our boats to experience what Abreast In A Boat is all about, the skies opened up with a torrent of rain. The Directors, meeting in Vancouver in preparation for the 2014 Run in October, were from all parts of Canada.
As the paddle progressed their initial apprehension of climbing into the seemingly unsteady boats and paddling in the rain seemed to disappear. Our two boats settled into the rhythm of the stroke, warming our bodies and putting smiles on the faces of our guests as we glided past the beautiful city landscape and seascape of False Creek.
Juanita Peglar and Margaret Hobson each coached a boat and put us through our paces, with good stretches in between.
We are so grateful to our sponsors for helping to keep us on the water, and we were so happy to be able to share our experience, and tell our seat partners what AIAB means to us. I heard the words, hope, empowerment, a sense of good health, support, exercise, friendship and opportunity mentioned throughout the boat. Yes, that is what it is all about!
One of our guests sent us the following thank you:
“Thank you Juanita for showing me how to paddle this past Saturday. I had a great time and experience…even in the rain. I am in awe of you and your fabulous team for what you do and am happy to do my part as a Run Director for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Thank you and your team for taking us out!!!” Fundraising Run Director – Victoria
Thank you to Barb Baker and Rena Pratt for organizing this very important “thank you” paddle.
AIAB Communication Chair