It’s with great excitement that the event organisers of the upcoming Prescient Freedom Paddle, set for the 24th October 2020, are partnering with local businesses to support the journey around Robben Island for surfski, SUP, prone and Ocean Skull paddlers. In these testing times the partnerships have proven invaluable to ensure the safety and success of all to complete the paddle, which will be a significant symbol of expression of the freedoms we hold so dear and have fought so hard to achieve.
One of the most important partnerships is with the City Of Cape Town who have allowed the event to proceed under strict compliance protocols, while still being mindful of its significance. Alderman JP Smith (Mayoral Committee Member for Safety & Security) had this to say with regards to the partnership, “The Freedom Paddle is one of the new exciting additions to our annual events calendar and in such a short space of time it has become popular among enthusiasts as well as professional kayakers. The City of Cape Town is proud to partner with and support the Freedom Paddle, an event which honours the history of this city. We look forward to hosting the competitors in our beautiful city and for them to experience the magic of the Cape Town surf.”
Participants, organisers, business and local community clubs (the event starts and finishes at Oceana) are very mindful of the difficult current circumstances and hence are extremely grateful for the contribution of all parties including welcoming Coca Cola Peninsula Beverages on board as a new partner, along with the continued support of the event partners in Euro Steel, Dunlop, Mocke Paddling, Department of Culture and Sport (Western Cape Government), Carbonology Sport, Brians Kayaks and Devils Peak.
Rob Tindall, Race Director confirmed this, “Its really not possible to host these events without the support of local authorities and business and we are just thrilled to have kept past partnerships and even secured new ones, giving us great hope that we are putting something together which stands for more than the physical achievement of circumnavigating the island. We wish to showcase the Freedom of ALL South Africans.”
Tindall also echoed his gratitude for the new race title sponsor, Prescient, who have ensured they stayed the course during uncertain times and have provided much needed support to ensure the race can proceed. Those who are fortunate enough to be there and earn the 2020 finishers medal will remember this race for more than just one reason.
For more event information please go to www.freedompaddle.co.za
We have appointed Event Plan and Medics in Motion to assist with the entire event compliance and safety plan. CSA’s Covid-19 protocols have been provided and we have engaged with the City Health and Safety Officer and National Health Department to ensure the event is complaint. The events application has been accepted for consideration by the City of Cape Town and we await approval. We are being guided by the National Government and National Health Department Covid-19 regulations throughout the process and all measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of all participants and crew. At this time, we are confident that the event will go ahead as planned, however final confirmation can only be determined closer to the event in line with National Governments adjusted risk assessment protocols.