The Paddle Georgia
expecting this to be our best journey yet, so loosen up those muscles,
ready the dry bags and get ready to shove off!
out and raise some money for Georgia River Network (GRN) through
the Paddle Georgia Canoe-A-Thon!
Paddle Georgia’s Canoe-A-Thon raises critical
funds that allow Georgia River Network to work for clean, healthy
rivers. Each participant is asked to solicit donations on a per-mile
basis. Canoe-A-thoners compete for gifts and prizes and can
become eligible for priority registration for the next Paddle Georgia
The Canoe-A-Thon works just like a walk-a-thon. Ask prospective
donors to sponsor you at a specific amount for each of the miles
you’ll be paddling during Paddle Georgia 2017 or Spring on
the Satilla. The money you raise goes to support Georgia River
Network’s efforts to...
- Engage people in enjoying and
protecting their rivers
- Support more than 30 local river protection groups across the
state with financial grants, training and professional assistance
- Influence state legislators and decision makers to establish policies that protect our rivers
Funds raised will be used to provide grants to Satilla Riverkeeper
(Spring on the Satilla) Flint Riverkeeper (Fall Float on the Flint)
and Coosa River Basin Initiative and Upper Etowah River Alliance
(Paddle Georgia 2017).
Paddle Georgia Canoe-A-Thon grants have been used by local river protection groups to:
- Build new canoe and kayak launches
- Establish water trails and install information kiosks at river access points
- Conduct water monitoring to identify pollution problems
- Eliminate pollution problems
More than $2000 in prizes will be awarded to those participants generating the
most money, including new canoes and kayaks and other paddling-related merchandise
donated by our sponsors.
The top 250 fundraisers who raise at least $300 will also be eligible
for a special priority registration for Paddle Georgia 2018– see
below for details.
Paddle Georgia participants generating more than $850 in Canoe-A-Thon
pledges and Fall Float on the Flint participants generating more
than $440 in Canoe-A-Thon pledges may request to have their registration
fees reimbursed. Prize winners will be announced during the week
of Paddle Georgia. All prizes will be awarded based on total Canoe-A-Thon
donations turned in at the Paddle Georgia registration desk by
the morning of June 17—no exceptions. You do not need to be
present at Paddle Georgia to win prizes.
You can begin raising funds now for the 2017 Canoe-A-Thon. See
below for instructions on how to get started.
Paddle Georgia Canoe-A-Thon Prizes!
Help Georgia's rivers and win great prizes while you're
doing it! 2017 prizes will be listed as they are secured:
- Paddles from Bending Branches
- Gear from Patagonia
- An Individual Membership from Friends of Georgia State Parks
How to Get Your Canoe-A-Thon Started
We have made it easier than ever to solicit donations from friends,
family, neighbors, co-workers and, yes, even strangers by signing-up
for FirstGiving, an online service for event-based fundraising.
Here’s how it works:
Option 1 - Raise Funds
Online (of course, the best option):
1. Go to http://www.firstgiving.com/garivers/paddle-georgia-canoeathon-2017
2. Click on Join Now to set-up your account.
3. Create your account by completing all the screens.
4. Complete your very own fundraising page for Paddle Georgia Canoe-A-Thon,
complete with pictures. (Make sure you use jpg or gif files.)
5. Use the special features of your FirstGiving account to add
photos, You Tube videos, link to Flickr or Facebook, or email all
6. Make your first gift (to yourself) to see dollars in your account
(or ask your biggest supporter to make your first donation now)
7. Email everyone you know, pass the word in-person, make phone
calls and direct everyone to your Canoe-A-Thon page to contribute
8. Watch the dollars roll in!
9. Email Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 706-549-4508 if you have any questions about FirstGiving or
10. For those folks who prefer the old way, go to option 2, but
keep us posted on your fundraising activities.
Option 2 - Raise Funds Offline:
out the Pledge Form(PDF) or
use the pledge form.
2. Solicit donations on a per-mile basis. For instance, a $1 pledge
would equal a $95 donation!
3. Collect money at the time of solicitation.
4. Mail checks in to Georgia River Network as you receive them
or turn your treasure trove in to us when you arrive at Paddle
Prizes will be awarded to those participants generating the most
money. Winners will be announced during the week of Paddle Georgia.
Priority Registration Rules and Policies
The top 250 Canoe-A-Thon fundraisers who raise at least $300 will
be eligible to register for Paddle Georgia 2018 during a special
priority registration period before regular open registration begins
in Feb. 2018. For families, $300 must be raised per adult for priority
The 2017 Canoe-A-Thon has already started and will go through July
If you choose, you can contribute to your own Canoe-A-Thon.
By participating in the Canoe-A-Thon, you help us accomplish two
important goals of Paddle Georgia--introducing more people to our
beautiful rivers and raising more money to protect these precious
Virtual Paddler Canoe-A-Thon Participants
For those of you who cannot directly participate in Paddle Georgia
but still want to support the event and Georgia River Network and
the local watershed group, you can still participate in Canoe-A-Thon
by being a virtual paddler. Just set up your Canoe-A-Thon page
the same way and tell people you will be with the other paddlers
Click Here for Tips on How
to Raise Money for Canoe-A-Thon