STAND UP: Debbie Gentle and Janet Mayes get ready to paddle for charity.
STAND UP: Debbie Gentle and Janet Mayes get ready to paddle for charity. Trevor Veale

Riley keeps helping others in Swish-for-Wish charity event

WITH a can-do attitude and a determination to help others, 12-year-old Riley Saban will take to the water this month to raise awareness and funds for seriously ill children.

Riley has a condition called Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy, but has never let anything get in his way as he triumphs through whatever life puts before him.

His next venture is taking part in the second annual Swish-for-Wish charity event that includes a paddle down the beautiful Red Rock (Corindi) River.

Last year, about 100 people paddled kayaks, surf skis, canoes, surfboards and stand-up paddleboards to Jew fish Point and back for a sausage sizzle and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day.

The event was originally organised to support Riley, who is taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in the event for a second time.

Riley recently completed another milestone - reaching the top of Mt Coramba in his modified wheelchair.

With the help of his wonderful family and friends, he was able to complete the trek and raised much needed funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Organisers are inviting community members to join the upcoming family event.

Swish-for-Wish commences at 8.30am for a 9am start on April 26 at the barbecue near the boat ramp at Red Rock.

Paddlers are asked to give a $20 donation.

For more information contact Deb Gentle on 6654 0521 or Janet Mayes on 0414 858 914.