On Saturday, Aug. 11, members of the Valley Wide Kayak Club will paddle their kayaks across Lake Hemet to raise money for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times’ camp in Garner Valley.
The paddlers will also be celebrating the club’s 13th year in existence. During this time members have raised more than $105,000 to support a week’s camping experience for children with cancer and their families.
“Supporting the kids at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times has been both fun and rewarding for me since our first charity paddle in 2002,” said Diane Boss, the event chairperson and member of the club. Most of the money raised are by club members asking friends, family members and businesses for donations.
For those who might want to join this charity event, the rules for kayaking on Lake Hemet have changed. Sit-on-top kayaks 10 feet or longer are now permitted and rentals are available.
Sit-inside kayaks 10 feet or longer are permitted if the paddler holds a Lake Hemet Safety Card issued by Aqua-Adventures dated May 2010 or later.
Boss hopes these changes will entice more people to get involved in the fundraising paddle at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
The entry donation is $25 but does not include fees into Lake Hemet or kayak rental. After kayaking, participants will be treated to a complimentary barbecue in Lake Hemet Park. A variety of donated items and services will be raffled off with the proceeds going to the camp. Anyone interested should contact Diane Boss at (951) 634-4952.
Those wishing to donate can make checks payable to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and send to Kari Roberts, special events manager, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, 1954 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025.
For more information visit the website at www.campronaldmcdonald.org.