• Matt Chebatoris

Get on board with nature: Virtual ‘Panda Paddle’ provides a way to connect with nature

World Wildlife Fund launches its third-annual paddle fundraiser for global conservation

From August 21 – 23, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will host its third-annual Panda Paddle, an event designed to encourage people to get out on their favorite body of water, connect with fellow nature lovers, and fundraise for WWF’s global conservation work.

Panda Paddle is WWF’s premier athletic fundraising event aimed at raising awareness and funds for global conservation all while having fun on the water. Panda Paddle connects people to nature within their own communities, even while social distancing. During these hot summer days, WWF encourages people to get out on the water and paddle in whatever form they like – standup paddling, kayaking, canoeing or however participants most enjoy.

Participants register via WWF’s Panda Paddle website and sign-up as an individual or as part of a team. Registration is $35 and there is no minimum fundraising commitment, although there are perks for raising critical fundraising dollars to help support WWF’s global conservation work (like a Panda Paddle race shirt and a Panda Paddle beach towel, among other thank-you gifts). All registrants will receive a Panda Paddle medal. Then between August 21 – 23, participants choose a time and favorite water location and paddle for a purpose. There’s also a competition, for those so inclined. Participants can select a race distance to complete and submit their results to the Panda Paddle team by 11:59PM Pacific Time on August 23 to be included in the tally.

WWF encourages participants to share inspiration with friends and loved ones by posting photos using the hashtag #PandaPaddle.

More details available at WWF’s website, worldwildlife.org/paddle.

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