Centennial paddling for a good cause

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For the past seven years Centennial has partnered with the local Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise to support Paddlefest, an annual charity event.

Paddlefest is an action packed day, with a range of boating competitions taking place along the shores of Lake Macquarie’s Speers Point Park to raise money for a range of local charities. Despite the wet and windy weather, the Paddlefest event attracted over 300 keen paddlers who took to the Lake to race in the dragon boat, outrigger, kayak and stand-up paddleboard events.

Employees from Centennial’s Myuna and Newstan operations and Fassifern Regional office competed in the dragon boat and outrigging events.

“This is the third year I have taken part in Centennial’s dragon boat team and while the inclement weather created some tough water conditions, it certainly was encouraging to see so many people turn up to support such a great local event and help raise money for charity,” said Centennial’s Meredith Young.

While 240 dragon boat participants slogged it out, the outrigger competition was tight with four teams vying for top position.

“The outrigger competition was tough, but it was still good to get out on the water and give it a good go. This year we had two teams from Myuna Mine enter, which were made up from a mix of underground and surface staff, so the competition certainly saw some friendly banter come into play,” said Centennial’s Daniel Hart.

As the marquee event for The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, Paddlefest helps raise funds for a range of local Lake Macquarie charities and, over the past two years, Paddlefest proceeds have been dedicated to assisting those dealing with homelessness