A 24-hour paddle challenge is underway at Isle of Capri

Close to 100 rowers, including some local Olympians, are set to hit the water at Isle of Capri over the next 24 hours to raise funds for disadvantaged boys on the Gold Coast.

The 3rd annual Men Of Business (MOB) Academy Capri on Via Roma 24-Hour Paddle fundraiser got off to a splashing start at 10am this morning, with 13 teams taking part this year.

The line-up of paddlers includes Olympic gold medallist and multiple world-champion canoeist, Ken Wallace OAM, Olympic gold medallist Jean van der Westhuyzen, and Iron Woman Bonnie Hancock, to name a few.


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“I’m looking forward to cutting a few laps around Isle of Capri. Last year I punched 101 kilometres non-stop… so the aim this year is to punch another 100 kilometres,” Mr Wallace told myGC.

PHOTO: Carla Tooma – myGC

MOB Academy founder Marco Renai said they are hoping to raise $150,000 with this year’s challenge.

“This year we are trying to build a driving school so we will be able to pay for the boys’ licenses and get them set up ready for life,” he told myGC.

“Because we are talking about disadvantaged boys, their opportunity to be able to pay for it, do the 100 hours and have driving lessons is limited. So that’s the whole idea of the driving school.”

The MOB Academy is an independent special assistance secondary school that caters for boys in Years 11 & 12, and is specifically designed to empower young men with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be happy, healthy and successful in life beyond school.

Take a listen to Galey, Emily Jade & Christo’s chat with Marco Renai below:

For more information on MOB Academy and the 24 hour paddle challenge, visit: menofbusiness.com.au/capri-paddle/