Pride Marine Group will be holding its annual Boating for the Cure fundraiser on Saturday June 25 at Gravenhurst Bay in Ontario. The event, which supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Prostate Cancer Canada, has raised more than $90,000 for cancer research to date.
Participants are organized into teams and assigned to a boat. Leading up to the event, team members collect pledges for the charities.
For event day, teams often decorate their boat, dress up, or have some sort of fun theme for their group. The event includes a rally tour across Lake Muskoka, where participants collect treasure maps to guide their journey and tokens that are turned in at the end of the day at an awards ceremony and reception.
“Boating for The Cure is an opportunity for all of us, in a small way to pay it forward and help those who are struggling or affected by cancer,” says Jeff Barnes Pride Marine Group’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “We have all been touched by this ravaging disease in one way or another and I have chosen to honour the memory of two relatives who succumbed to cancer in the past few years. I have named my team after my grandfather (Delmer) who passed away in 2004 and Myrna from my wife’s side of the family who passed in 2007. I encourage you to join the fight and support my team Delmyrna as we Boat for the Cure.”
Breast cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian women, with one in every nine women developing it within their lifetime. For Canadian men, prostate cancer is estimated to affect one in every six.