Paddlers joined in while a crowd watched all in support of Summerland Credit Union administrative assistant Kirstie Salgram who signed up for the three-day fundraising event in Fiji because she thought it would be an amazing opportunity to help impoverished people. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Paddlers joined in while a crowd watched all in support of Summerland Credit Union administrative assistant Kirstie Salgram who signed up for the three-day fundraising event in Fiji because she thought it would be an amazing opportunity to help impoverished people. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Lismore Paddle Challenge raises $2000

WOLLONGBAR business woman Kirstie Salgam tested her strength in a minor celebrity paddle challenge ahead of an upcoming three-day charity paddle.

Apart from accidentally setting her kayak free in Wilsons River following the race, the Summerland Credit Union employee performed well, winning second place.

“I did have a handicap though of about 10 seconds so I don’t know about that,” she laughed.

“This was going to be my practice for the Fiji challenge but I think I might have to practice more.”

The Paddle Challenge was held on Wilsons River in Lismore yesterday.

While it was the perfect opportunity for Ms Salgam to practice, the focus was on raising the final funds needed for her Fiji trip.

“All the money raised goes to Fiji,” she said.

Her target was $3300 and thanks to money raised at yesterday’s paddle, she exceeded her target by $200.

There were 11 paddlers racing in the 200m event on Wilsons River, including city council staff, politicians and chamber of commerce and NORTEC representatives.

The Fiji Paddle Challenge will run over three days and it is hosted by Australian charitable foundation CUFA.

Ms Salgam will also spend one week supporting education programs improving financial literacy in children.

Her colleague, Sharee Booth, said the Summerland Credit Union Lismore staff were proud of her efforts.

“She’s really put herself out there,” Ms Booth said.

“Seeing someone so young, so involved in the community is great.”

The Far North Coast Canoe Club supported the event and supplied some kayaks.



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