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Ljubljana hosted charity paddling event

Ljubljana hosted charity paddling event 21.6.2020

For the seventh year in a row Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, hosted charity paddling event called ‘24 hours paddling for a good cause’. Participants of the event paddled on a 5,5 kilometres long circular course though the city centre.

Canoe Federation of Slovenia, Kayak canoe club Ljubljana and charity foundation House of Sun co-organised the event for the seventh time in a row. Each year the money from the participation fees, donations and sponsorship goes to the selected individual, group or institution in need or with disabilities. Each year one of the sponsors donates an extra Euro for each paddled kilometre.
This year the money will go to Slovenian Association of Friends of Youth which runs the summer resort for children in need in Pacug on the Slovenian coast. They will finance the summer holidays for children whose parents cannot afford to send their children for a short holiday break on the seaside.
The idea of the 24 hours paddling event is simple. It starts on Friday afternoon and ends on Saturday afternoon and the participants can start their paddling at any time, even in the middle of the night. They can paddle one lap or as many as they can in the period of the 24 hours.



Like in the past editions also this year foreign ambassadors and diplomats to Slovenia attended the event and paddled a lap in dragon boats together with members of Slovenian national canoe slalom team.
More than 200 participants took part in this year’s event; majority of them paddled one lap. Altogether 726 laps were completed which means 3993 kilometres. Eva Ferjan was the most persistent this year, covering 30 laps or 165 kilometers in 24 hours. Bojan Lenart followed with 27 laps (148.5 km), Alen Mugerli, Matevž Manfreda and Santiago Leban Parada collected 19 laps each (104.5 km). More than ten laps have been covered by 27 participants this year.