Hawkesbury Canoe Classic Association
The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic Association Inc. (HCC) is a registered charity that organises the annual 111km paddle race on the Hawkesbury River. In 1977, members of the NSW Outward Bound Ex-Students Association organised a canoe race along the river they had paddled during their course to help the community by raising money for medical research. That first race attracted 250 paddlers and raised $8,500. Now the race attracts more than 600 paddlers, and has raised in excess of $3.3 million for leukaemia research and patient support services since its association with the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation commenced in 1994.
That support has been essential to the achievement of many important initiatives including: the Australasian Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Registry; funding the Arrow Research Scientist; PhD Scholarships for research; purchasing medical equipment; supporting a medical research project being undertaken by Professor David Ma and his team at the Blood Stem Cell and Cancer Research Unit at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, and Arrow House.
We recommend a visit to the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic web site for more information on this extraordinary event.