HG Christie Sponsors Participant In 2011 Abaco Kayak Challenge

Abaco, The Bahamas
This past Saturday a Kayak Challenge was held by Friends of the Environment, a local environmental group in Abaco, Bahamas.  The highly successful event was organized to support both the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends bringing joy and a sense of community to all involved.

On a cool and blustery morning, with a sizeable 2-3 foot chop on the water, a few dozen brave kayakers departed Abaco Beach Resort for a grueling 7, 12 or 20 mile kayak challenge down the coastline of the Sea of Abaco; their motivation drawn from a desire to raise much needed funds.

HG Christie proudly sponsored Rachael Aberle, wife of Abaco agent Neil Aberle.  Rachael competed admirably in the event.  Despite challenging conditions she and her teammate, Penelope Menzies, completed the seven mile challenge in a little over 2 hours.

Back at the beach, participants were welcomed by fans and supporters.  Cheers filled the air as the kayakers made their way back to shore in exhausted and triumphant paddle strokes.   Climbing ashore the sound of the beach’s soft, sandy crunch against the plastic hulls marked the end of their personal adventure.

Supporters who weren’t up for the challenge this year stayed on the beach and enjoyed the all-day party. Food, drink, music and merchandise.

One of our own ‘cheerleaders’ , Hope Town HGC agent Robbie Bethel, ended up loosing his voice as a result of his enthusiastic efforts.

Beginning at 7 in the morning the event continued throughout the day.  As the shores of the Abaco Beach Resort filled with all types of paddled craft and exuberant community support several thousands of dollars were raised.  This resounding success has spurred on the intent to hold the event annually.  HG Christie was proud to support this worthwhile cause and looks forward to next year’s opportunity to be involved once again.

Kudos to Friends of the Environment, Rachael and the Abaco Community!!



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