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Sink and swim in the name of fun

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 10 Oct, 2019 | By Ollie Blyth

Kahu Youth are excited to announce that they will once again be hosting their annual ‘Great Kahu Youth cardboard boat race and polar plunge' later this month. On October 26 between 11:30am and 1:30pm, residents are invited to the lakefront to watch the fun event which is now in its ninth year. 

The cardboard boat race is open to all age groups, with primary school-aged children to adults encouraged to participate. A number of prizes will be awarded throughout the competition from the fastest boat to the best sinking. All boats must be made out of regular corrugated cardboard and other materials — more information on all of the rules and regulations are available at their website. 

Youth worker Richard Elvey is encouraging the whole community to get stuck in, “anyone can enter, there is no age limit! We actively encourage adults to build and race boats too. Kids sinking in cardboard boats is funny, but adults are much, much funnier.” He added that, “the boat can be of any design. We've had pirate ships, race cars, the Millenium Falcon and X wings, aeroplanes, giant tacos, dragons, and just about everything else. There's no limit to the number of people in the boat.”

The annual polar plunge will also be held at the boat race with prizes for the best dressed to take the lakefront plunge. 

The prizes on the day include a jet boat ride from Lakeland Adventures as well as vouchers from Amigos, Urban Grind, Cinema Paradiso, and Domino's Pizza. Elvey is excited to see the community there, “everyone should build a boat. Or if not come and watch. It's so much fun!”

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