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June 2nd 2012 paddle for the Planet

23 May 2012
Hi Fellow Paddlers,

Looking for all your support for, what is hoped to be the biggest paddling event in history, the 2012 Paddle for the Planet day of action.

I´m Nick Hando from the Dubai Diggers Dragon Boat and loved all your support last year, and would appreciate your support in spreading the WORD again in your area and the world about this awesome event. Target is to get Surf Ski/Dragon Boats, SUP´s, outrigger kayak and surf communities around the world all pulling(paddling) together for the Paddle for the Planet event. Many countries already signed up!!!! Some of the best paddlers in the world already committed for this 2nd June event. Last Year was amazing awareness, this year lets all collectively raise some Dollars!!!

A press release will be coming soon with more information, for the present please look us up on Facebook page, we would love your support!!!

How and why we need your help

Why: We want to raise global environmental awareness and give something back to support our oceans we love.
How: We need Ambassadors at a city and country level. Who´s up for it? Coordinate through face book and we can share any cool ideas.
We want you to print "Paddle for the Planet" shirts and banners for all paddlers from all corners of the world. We have a cool designer TONIC doing the finishing touches and I´ll post the designs for shirts and banners on face book for you local folks to print.
Get it out there: Group photos/ videos/fundraising events, post them everywhere, in the local media at local events, let´s get it out there.

Celebrations: We have a theme song, awesome piece especially written by Columbian Fatiniza. (The song is launched and on face book, check it out) Let´s get this on the local radio stations any media links and played at every event globally at 8am.

With many countries participating and some of the world´s best paddlers already committed we can make this the biggest day in Paddling history. Not only that everyone will be united on the same day, with one cause, and all to help support our oceans and raise environmental awareness.

Check out who has signed up, impressive line up!!! And all for a great cause, who needs an excuse to paddle anyway!!!! Think about engaging NGO´s ,this event is for everyone, help us make a difference.

The whole paddling world is getting behind us, Each Event, paddling Community Collect and Donate on to the Web Site: www.paddleforplanet.org/

First things first: What is Paddle for the Planet?

It is an idea we have to raise awareness about the terrible things that is happening in the Ocean we use daily. We want all paddlers to be aware of what´s going on in our oceans and want to create an opportunity to make a difference. We want to allow all paddlers the opportunity to help. So, Paddle for the Planet´s aim is to support Marine conservation. As it grows we endevour to support all kinds of Marine Conservation but for this year and the next we are going to raise funds for a marine reserve in Raja Ampat, Indonesia and keep it protected. Each year we want to grow this idea branching out further and further as more paddlers get involved keeping more and more waters protected.

How does it all work on the 2nd of June

(And this is World Environment Day too) We want there to be paddlers paddling for the planet in Every Time Zone on that day! 1 or 2 people paddling is enough! Now, to get this WORLD WIDE paddle happening we need your help! This year every DOLLAR will count !!!

What do we need from you?

  1. Start or Join a P4P group in your area! If you can´t find a group in your area then start one. You be the "Leader" and get all your friends to join you.
  2. Download/Ask for/Get the Paddle for the Planet logo and put it on some t-shirts, stickers, your blogs....whatever, go wild
  3. LET US KNOW who and where you are AND YOUR TIME ZONE. Please give your Time Zone in relation to Greenwhich Mean Time without daylight saving (i.e. GMT-1). There are LOTS of time zones that need a "paddling leader" PLEASE look through these (below) and send to paddling friends all over the world to spread the word.

On the day of the paddle:

  1. We need you to take a pic of your Paddle for the Planet team and email it to us the very next day so we can put pics up spread the word some more!
  2. Donations: This year the focus is on getting the paddlers to paddle for the Planet, donations collected then put in pay pal account on Web

OK, so right now, spread the word, email your friends, paddling connections and get the word out there! Lets be the change!
I know it was a lot of INFO
Have a Great Paddle !!!

Nick Hando
Paddle for the Planet Ambassador

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