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On 01 June 2013, the 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. Dawid & Nikki Mocke are supporting this initiative, and you can join them at Fish Hoek to show your support.

Where:  Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club
When: 08h00, 01 June 2013
Cost: R50
Twitter: @wearepaddling

Kicking off at 08h00 sharp paddlers will do a 10km 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 (US$7000) 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.

Goal of 2000 paddlers

“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 have 2000 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,” says Mocke.

Even if you aren’t a paddler, you can still donate — go to for more info, or contact Dawid Mocke on +27 (0)84 251 5555. Stickers will be on sale on the day at a cost of R10 each; other cash donations are welcome.

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By David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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