NCKC is asking for your support

***THE SAD NEWS…

You or may not of heard on the news that the Club was affected by a Fire Incident that took place last Thursday morning at Loudon Park which destroyed two of our 25′ restored historic voyageur canoes that we use for community programming, summer camps, school field trips and adaptive programming and insurance will not cover our losses.

The Club’s vision was to have these big canoes back on the water as vessels to promote greater community development and assist with the recovery of Club membership after the pandemic.  Many months of hard work and effort went into this passion project to get these boats ready.  Their first outing was in June for the 55+ BC Summer Games Torch Relay with members of our diverse paddling community.  It is super sad and heartbreaking what is happening in our community right now.  We would like to be a part a solution and these big boats can be used as a vessel to delivery socioeconomic benefits.

***HOW YOU CAN HELP…

We are writing today to see if you would consider donating to and sharing our GoFundMe Big Canoes Building Community project amongst your networks to help share the word as these boats are so important to our community programming, sport introduction, and providing accessible paddle sports in the Central Vancouver Island region.  We were really looking forward to having them next season to continue to offer more community partnership programming, special events, and outdoor recreation through touring.  Fortunately, one of the voyageur canoes that was planned to be refurbished in Spring of 2023 escaped the fire and NCKC will be able to use it to continue a portion of the great history that these canoes had.

Please check out the link to our GoFundMe Project – Big Canoes Building Community

Other ways to support NCKC are to:

  • Return your bottles to the depot on Hayes Rd. and ask that the monies go into the Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club (NCKC) account
  • Consider giving the gift of membership or sports programming
  • Share the posts from the NCKC Facebook and Instagram accounts on your social media
  • Send the GoFundMe Project link by email, WhatsApp, or Messenger to friends and family
  • Share your super power and volunteer with our organization

Thank you for your involvement to date with NCKC!
As a not-for-profit community amateur sport organization, we value and appreciate all of the efforts of our volunteers, coaching staff, and of course, all of the participants!

Ashley Rowe
NCKC Commodore