Monster and Sea 24 Vancouver 2019

$33,746 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 214 people in 2 months
Created February 28, 2019
Year 5!!!  Once again Vancouver will be represented in the Monster and Sea 24 – a 24-hour relay paddle raising money for local families dealing with cancer.  This year we have grown again, with now four teams consisting of six paddlers each, totaling 24 paddlers.  We are bringing together more of our community to help more in our community.

Cancer is a taker.  It wants everything from us - our health, our confidence, our families.  And it is relentless. Statistics say 1 in 3 people arm wrestle with cancer, but what about the other 2 people?  Our job is to stand in the gap.  Fill the void with love, compassion, and our ability to GO when our friends can't. This is what the 24 is all about.

The 24 started in the spring of 2015, when 6 people in Seattle, led by Troy Nebeker from Monster and Sea ( www.monsterandsea.com ), did a relay paddle for 24 hours to raise some funds for families who were dealing with cancer.  That team raised over $7,000.  In 2016, the 24 grew to 7 teams, for the first time including a Vancouver team, and these groups collectively raised over $50,000.  In 2017 it blew up to over 22 teams, again including a Vancouver team, this time collectively raising over $140,000!  In 2018 there were a total of 26 teams, this time including three Vancouver teams, and collectively we raised $153,000!  Thanks to our community's generous support, the Vancouver teams have raised over $40,000 these last three years, helping families as far west as Vancouver Island, as far east as Calgary, as far north as the Yukon Territories, and as far overseas as Northern Ireland, with many families being helped right here in the Lower Mainland.

This spring, on April 13th and 14th, there again will be teams paddling in cities across the US and Canada.  Where does the money go?  We give out all of our donations in $1000 increments to a person or family in need and how it's used is for the them to decide.  This isn’t about research, this isn’t about finding a cure, this doesn’t go to a charity.  This is cash, in an envelope, put in the hands of folks who need it.  It could help pay the utility bills, or buy some groceries, or maybe take the family away for a weekend to get a break from the chaos. Thank you everyone for your generous support; know that your donations are going to homes in need and that they make a real difference in people’s lives.  

We are paddling out of four locations this year - David Lam Park, Vanier Park, Deep Cove, and for the first time White Rock.  We would love to have our amazing paddling community join us on the water!  If you don’t paddle but would still like to show your support, just come down to one of these locations and say hi, and help us keep the stoke going for 24 hours all in an effort to raise some much needed funds.

Please join us!  Where:

David Lam Park
Vanier Park
Deep Cove
White Rock (west beach)

Start: Saturday, April 13th 8:00 AM
Finish: Sunday, April 14th 8:00 AM

A sincere thank you from the Monster & Sea 24 Vancouver 2019 team!

David Lam Park – James, Chris, Harry/Kathleen, Davide, Sarah and Robin
Vanier Park - Shauna, Shannon/Ocean, Brad, Klara, Carmen and Teresa
Deep Cove – Mike, Krista, Alison, Kelvin, Jason, and Mike G.
White Rock – Scott, Jim, Natalie, Mike, Tobey and Kristi
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We are over a week removed from the Vancouver 2019 Monster and Sea 24 and an enormous thank you is in order to everyone and every company the donated to our campaign.  We are humbled by everyone’s generosity towards our event this year.  When we combine the total donations of this GFM account with one that a separate Vancouver team did, a group who traveled up and down the I-5 paddling with other 24 groups in different cities, we will come out with over $38,000 raised!  That means we will be delivering 38 envelopes to local families dealing with cancer. 

Two envelopes have already been delivered. The mother of this brave three year old little girl has allowed us to share this picture of her daughter as she held our second envelope delivery of 2019.  She was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia last October and we met her when the story of our paddle made it to a BC Children’s Oncology parent support group.  With that, 10 of our first 11 envelopes are already set to be delivered to families that are currently at, or who have recently left, BC Children’s Hospital and/or the Ronald McDonald house.  These deliveries will be made this week by Vancouver 24 team members.  And because of our community’s overwhelming generosity, we have many more to deliver as well.

A sincere thank you to everyone who donated from Team Vanier (Shauna, Shannon, Ocean, Teresa, Brad, Klara and Carmen), Team David Lam Park (James, Chris, Harry, Kathleen, Davide, Sarah and Robin), Team Deep Cove (Mike, Kelvin, Krista, Alison, Mike and Jason), and Team White Rock (Jim, Natalie, Kristy, Tobey, Mike and Scott).

Pictured:  Team Picture (missing from pic Tobey, Kristy, Natalie, Robin, Davide and both Mike G’s); the 36 envelopes still to be delivered as of Sunday with jersey’s from the last 4 years of the 24; and the recipient of envelope #2.  Bless her and her family.

Thank you from the Vancouver 2019 Monster and Sea 24.
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The 2019 Vancouver 24 has come and gone and by all accounts it has been a success! Each team had their own struggles throughout the day and night but the purpose behind our event and the support we have received helped us persevere and kept us paddling.

Thank you to everyone who supported via a donation or through a helping hand during the 24 itself. We have an amazing community and it's now time to give some support to those that need it. Our campaign will officially close in a week or two.
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The silent auction list for our 24 fundraiser tonight at Bells and Whistles is ridiculous! Some lucky people will be walking away with some amazing items and in turn we will be filling envelopes for local families dealing with cancer. Hope to see you there!

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One week away from our 24 and we are almost half way to our fundraising goal! We would like to extend an invite to you and your friends to join us this coming Wednesday, April 10th at Bells & Whistles (3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver) from 6 pm to 10 pm for our Burger and Beer Fundraiser. Come say hi and support the Vancouver 2019 24 teams! Tickets are $25 at the door and that will include a burger (veggie or beef) and a beer. We will also have 50/50 and a silent auction. The list of items donated for the silent auctions is amazing thus far! They include restuarant gift cards from Turf, Tractor, Oddfish, Tavola; a marquee table reservation at the Olympic Village Nook (where food and alcohol are included for 8 people!); tickets to Whitecaps, Warrior Lacrosse, Canucks; 3 night stay at Saturna Island; Custom SUP coaching/training; SONOS speaker; Alexa Dot smart home speaker; painting of the Tragically Hip from their final concert; Monster and Sea Hoodies & Touques; Bike tune up package; Arcteryz Womens Jacket; Cotopaxi Fuego Womens Jacket; Climbing Shoes; Spin Shoes; gift baskets from Whole Foods and Save On Foods; many wine and beer gift packages; and more items being added daily. This is going to be an amazing time and we hope to see you there!

A link to our Facebook event for more information is here:
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