The Campbell River Hospice Society and the BraveHearts Dragon Boat Team have partnered together to present the Art of the Paddle & More fundraiser on Oct. 22. Beautifully-carved paddles and other works of art will be auctioned off at a gala evening at the Maritime Heritage Centre.

The Art of the Paddle returns

If you missed last years Art of the Paddle, you won’t want to miss Art of the Paddle & More this year

If you missed last years Art of the Paddle, you won’t want to miss Art of the Paddle & More this year. This exciting event, in support of the BraveHearts Dragon Boat Team and the Campbell River Hospice Society, will showcase 14, four-foot and eight, three-foot cedar paddles which have been carved by the Henderson family of Campbell River. These beautifully-carved paddles were then provided to 22 local artists to use as a blank canvas to create unique and distinctive works of art on. The evening events will commence at 6:30 p.m. at the Maritime Heritage Centre on Saturday, Oct. 22. This year, the Live Auction will showcase 14 of the paddles as well as paintings and a Raku Salmon Sculpture, hence the More. Along with these unique art pieces, the evening will feature live entertainment, a wine bar with hors d’oeuvres, but don’t forget about the Silent Auction where you will find many treasures, including eight of these beautiful paddles. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the Royal Bank of Canada (Campbell River branch), 1290 Shoppers Row (Susanne 250-204-2818) and at the Campbell River Hospice Society, 104 – 301 Dogwood Street (250-286-1121). The BraveHearts Dragon Boat Team is Canada’s first co-ed team whose members are survivors of all types of cancer, and their supporters. Operated under the non-profit society, the North Island Dragon Boat Society, their aim is to enrich and improve the lives of all cancer survivors through a healthy and supportive environment. They also assist other cancer related groups in our community in their awareness and fundraising efforts. The Campbell River Hospice Society is also a non-profit society that provides compassionate support and companionship to those individuals facing death and to the families and friends. With bereavement (grief) having no timeline, Hospice also provides: grief counselling; widow/widowers, bereavement and relaxation support groups; a memorial garden located on the Rotary Seawalk; and an extensive library. All Hospice services are available to our community and surrounding area free of charge. Working in partnership, the BraveHearts Dragon Boat Team and the Campbell River Hospice Society present this exciting evening for the community to enjoy. Your attendance and participation will help both organizations to continue to provide support to those that need it most. For more information on this event, or on the BraveHearts Dragon Boat Team and the Campbell River Hospice Society, visit their Facebook pages and their websites at: www.dragonboatnet.com/Bravehearts and www.crhospice.org