• “When you push off from the dock … we’re all in the same boat. 
    This isn’t about cancer anymore. It’s about exercise and health and the rest of your life. 
    When we push off we’re paddling away from breast cancer.” 

    - Dr. Don McKenzie, Founder, Abreast In A Boat 
  • “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain!” 

    - Vivian Greene 
  • “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” 

    - T.H. Thompson & John Watson 
  • “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. 
    The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’ 

    - Nelson Mandela 

Judes paddling down the Thames

An invitation came from the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission for a member of the amaBele Belles to participate in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012. After submitting a motivational letter I was chosen to partake in this most memorable and historic occasion.

Our team was called “Internationally Abreast” and ladies from 7 countries from around the world were represented on the boat. These countries were South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Spain and the USA. With 14 paddlers on board, it was a 21 km paddling journey of a lifetime!


Starting at Putney Bridge, we eventually finished at Greenwich, a journey which took around 6 hours to complete. Conditions which included pouring rain and pumping winds were almost forgotten as we encountered thousands of people on the banks of the River Thames, bridges and buildings, waving flags and cheering us along. We saw the Queen and other members of the Royal Family taking the Royal Salute.

This is something that I will never forget – the experience of paddling down the Thames, making new friends and also helping to pass on the message that there is life after breast cancer!

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