Temagami Boat Manufacturing, maker of Naden Boats in Temagami, Ontario, has launched a campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research.
The boat builder has donated a 14-foot, pink Naden Fisherman aluminum boat that will be raffled off in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CIBC) Run for the Cure in North Bay on October 6.
"Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosis in Canadian women over the age of 20,' says Naden President Andre Lamothe, "and we are pleased to have the opportunity to support the wonderful work being done by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. North Bay is right in our back yard and the CIBC Run for the Cure – North Bay is a wonderful all-volunteer project. We also thought we would have a little bit of fun and build a pink boat.'
The boat package, which also includes a Tohatsu 15hp four-stroke engine, a Yacht Club Trailer manufactured by Easy Hauler (donated by Baywood Enterprises in North Bay, Ontario), boat cover and two Salus Marine PFDs, is valued at over $7,000. "I'm delighted that Tohatsu donated one of their four-stroke motors,' says Lamothe. "They are known for their ultra low emission rate and are EPA and CARB approved.'
Naden Boats and CIBC Run for The Cure – North Bay is selling tickets for the raffle at a series of Ontario-based boating events until the draw occurs on at the conclusion of CIBC Run for the Cure. Tickets sell for $5 each or five for $20, with Naden Boats hoping to sell enough tickets to raise nearly $25,000. Tickets will be sold through the CIBC Run for the Cure – North Bay, stores in Callander, Ontario and other Naden Boat dealers. Donations can also be made directly from the Nadenboats.com/pink-boat-tour web page in the name of the Pink Boat Tour.
Naden's Pink Boat Tour has already begun. On June 29 in Callander, Ontario, Naden dealer Harper's Marine towed the pink boat in a local parade.
"We have several events planned over the summer,' says Lamothe. "It's all being coordinated through the CIBC Run for the Cure – North Bay volunteer committee. I imagine by the end of the summer, this little pink boat will have traveled several thousand kilometers around the north-eastern Ontario.'
Naden's Pink Boat Tour schedule is as follows:
July 7 – Knock Cancer Out Of The Park – Largest slow pitch tournament in Northern Ontario (New Liskeard, ON). kcootp.com
July 12 to 14 – Mountain Trout House (Dorset, ON) – 75th Anniversary and Customer Appreciation Weekend. mthmarina.com
July 27 to 28 – Temagami Lake Association "Champagne Corn Roast & BBQ' (Temagami, ON). tla-temagami.org
July 29 to Aug 1 – Beacon Bash Week and Customer Appreciation – Beacon Marine (Pointe au Baril, ON) facebook.com/BeaconMarineLtd
August 2 to 4 – North Bay Summer in the Park
August 24 – Customer Appreciation Day at Mariner's Cove Marina (MacTier, ON) marinerscove.ca
To date, 400 tickets have already been sold.
See the Pink Boat Tour calendar here