To Paddle 7000 kms

By Terry Bolland

I’m Changing the Game!

Prostate cancer threatens the lives of 1 in 6 Aussie men.

I’m raising funds today to save men’s lives tomorrow.

Every dollar you donate will be a game-changer for Aussie men and their families, boosting life-saving prostate cancer research, nursing, and support provided by PCFA.

You can make a massive difference by committing to give a tax-deductible donation today.

On behalf of the 16,700 men who will be diagnosed this year – thank you!

My Updates

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Thursday 9th Dec

When I turned 70 years old on June 3rd 2021 I decided to paddle 7000 kilometres in my 70th birthday year. I’m not a stranger to challenges (see https://terrybolland.wordpress.com) so I was pretty confident that I would achieve my goal and I have, but a lot quicker than I had planned. 

Although I reached the 7000 km goal on the 29th December 2021, I changed the goal to 12,000 kms. On 30th April I reached 12,000km and with 33 days left before my challenge was over, my target changed to 13,000kms. On the 19th May I reached the 13,000 km mark and then my target changed to 14,000 kms.

On the 2nd of June at 5.40 pm I reached the 14,002 kilometres which brings me to the end of my year, paddle every day challenge.

I have paddled every day since starting the challenge on June 3rd with no rest.

A few Facts.

With 14 days to go I had 1000 kms to paddle to reach 14,000 kms. But to reach 14,000 kms I would have to paddle 71.5 kms every day for 14 days

In the second last week I paddled 450 kms, an average of 64.3 kms a day.

In the last week I paddled 550.00 kms, an average of 78 kms a day, paddling 90 km on the second last day of the challenge having a late night and finishing at 11.40 pm.

I have had no injuries, no massage and no physio.

All but 300 kms have been on flat, non-moving water of the Swan River.

My lowest kilometre week (WA lockdown week) I paddled 145.20 kms. 

My highest week was 550 kms.

My daily average paddled since starting is 38.4kms.

In the last 6 months I have averaged 47.00kms a day.

The first 7000 kms I paddled in 7 months – the next 7000 kms I paddled in 5 months.

I would have spent at least 2000 hours paddling and made 7200000 paddle strokes.


In 2017 I paddled 2800km, Across Canada & the US with John Breed taking 66 days.  I also won the WA Marathon Championship in the over 65 years, and won the Australian Marathon Championships in the over 65 years so that year went very well. 

Then in 2018 I was told by my doctor I had prostate cancer. Wow - what  will my life be like from now! It was then I had to make one of my biggest and most important decision in my life. That decision was to have my prostate removed.

Three months later I was paddling again and in 2019 I did a 1100 km kayak paddling expedition along the west coast of Canada as well as taking part in the World Masters Canoe Marathon in China bringing home a bronze medal in the single kayak 65+ class and a gold in the double kayak 65+ class. I have never looked back and I just keep paddling and living a good life.

I am very appreciative that my doctor was on the ball and sent me to get tests and that my surgeon was first class ensuring a very successful operation and a quick recovery.

For four years I have been free of cancer and living a life as great as I had before the cancer was revealed but a more recent blood test has indicated that the cancer may be returning. I have further tests in June to clarify that.

So please help others who have Prostate Cancer to live a good life by donating whatever you are happy to give.

To check out my other challenges please go here: https://terrybolland.wordpress.com

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Chris Evans

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Will Nightingale

Very inspiring Terry! Good luck with it all!

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Amy Butler

Terry you are an inspiration to all the community

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Gary Lord

One of the most inspiring undertakings I have seen, well done Terry, the bird photos and rescues were a great addition to the journey.

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Chris Meadwell

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Pat Scallan

Well done you are a trooper!

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Miira Gallegos

Terry, you are truly amazing. Your commitment and endurance are other worldly. Congratulations.

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JANET GATT

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Tony Power

A mighty effort Terry - both on the water and on the health cause ... no surprise! Was a pleasure to paddle a few of those kms with you. Put your feet up for a day or so! cheers, Tony Power

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Vincent Bruno Linardi

Congratulations Terry , you are a Star !!!!!

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Matt

Well done Terry, awesome effort

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Anonymous

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Jeremy Cullen

Terry, Well Done on a Grand Effort. Thank you for your efforts toward Prostate Cancer Research. You have been an inspiration to me in the past @ AKC and I will draw on that for times to come in my future endeavours. Kind Regards Jeremy, Sally & Tarran Cullen.

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Martin

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Hollemans Family

Inspirational Terry - incredible effort!

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Rod & Mitch Hale

Well done and best wishes from the Hale Family ( Rod Mitch, Suzanne and Keeley

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Richard Lowther

Awesome Effort very well done.

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Tom Canavan

Well done Terry.

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Simone Wilson

Incredible work your doing! Big congrats on completion

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Jacob Family

Congratulations Terry. You set out with a goal, smashed and doubled it. You're a true inspiration!

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Jo & Pete Ward

Congratulations you are amazing!

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Rob And Julie

Inspirational

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Phill Langley

Absolutely Awesome!! Your tenacity to achieve set goals is quite something! Well Done!!

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Michael C

I have been following this epic challenge of yours, being both inspired and enjoying the bird pictures. Congratulations and all the best.

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Sean Killen

Well done champ! Donating 1cent for every km.

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Nina Mueller

Smashed it Terry! Awesome work!

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Bryony McCrudden

Co gratulations Terry on an amazing year of paddling and for such a good cause. I will miss seeing you paddling every week up near woodbridge

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Euan Cameron

Congratulations Terry on reaching your stretched target. A remarkable achievement and excellent choice of fundraiser. Cheers Euan

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Vanek Family

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Amy Walton

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Michele & Selena Lloyd

Congratulations Terry - you are truly amazing.

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Pete And Heidi

Always inspiring. You lift us all to do more and be better people, more adventurous and more engaged in our amazing natural world. Congrats!

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Julie

You doubled the distance, so I had better double the donation! Incredible work Terry.

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Mark Sedgwick

Awesome effort Terry and worthy cause.

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Peter Hatton

Terrific effort there old chap!! Well done!!

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Brian

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Annie Danko.

A true inspiration Terry. Absolute legend. Looking forward to the photos and update on the 14,000 tick in the box! Always fondly remember the day I got the V10 from you under your expert guidance and paddling for me changed my life for the good after my cancer hiccup! Keep it up and see you on the water soon!

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Wendy Burdett

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Jane Liddle

Sorry we t be with you for your milestone

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Katharine Mallory

Well done Terry- you are an inspiration!

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Linda Thomas

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Hodson Doug

Well done Terry !

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Bram Lancashire

Well done Terry. Absolutely amazing effort!

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Michelle

Terry you are a legend - Congratulations

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John Young

Terry, I donated early in your journey and I remain impressed with your determination and your achievement. That is a huge effort. Well done.

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Lawrence

Never doubted you'd get this, doubling is amazing. Cheers mate

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Byron Hemsley

Well done

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Mark Brennan

Machine!

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Nicky Taylor

Congratulations Terry amazing achievement I struggle to get to barkers and back and you have done it over and over and over again OMG 🌹amazing

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Gergely Balazs Nagy

Congratulations Terry for this awesome achievement! I wish that I would be this strong when I turn 70. Looking forward to seeing you on the water (and land). Cheers Andrea and Gary

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Derek Amy

Huge effort, you inspire so many of us, well done

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Fay, Sean And Rowan

Great effort. Thank you! All the very best.

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Wanda Jurek

Congratulations Terry for your fight against prostate cancer and your achievements. Your a go getter and one of the most fittest men I know. Always nice to see your friendly face on the river. Keep on smiling & others will smile with you. Well done!

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David Elliott

Good luck for your final days of the challenge.

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Baillie Irving

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Simon Moloney

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Jenni Bateman

Great work Terry!

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Kirsten Campbell

Wishing you all the best in the last week.here’s hoping you make the 14,000 which would be INCREDIBLE! And even if you didn’t, this Madison has still been INCREDIBLE!

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Bruce Pilgrim

Well done Terry and thanks for your support of WA Scouts.

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Anonymous

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Mark Pracilio

Legend. Your inspiration to the sport and paddlers. Hope u achieve your goal.

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Rebecca

Nice to see you again on the water today. I hope you meet all your goals, good luck.

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Troy Freeman

Hi Terry Had a chat with you today on the Swan River. Here is a donation.

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Steve Bolger

👍👍👍👋

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Thomas Rogan

Amazing effort Terry.

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Anonymous

What an epic achievement!!! Congratulations.

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Bevan Dashwood

A great effort Terry and Prostate Cancer is a very worthy cause to promote. Cheers Bevan and Maxine

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Dr Lynne Milne

Wow - what a powerhouse. Well done Terry

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Jennifer Stokes

Very inspirational Terry. Best of luck in completing your challenge.

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Laura White

Amazing goal to be achieving Terry and to raise funds at the same time towards such an important issue, can't cheer you on enough from over east!

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Steph Bedden

Keep going Terry! You got this!

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Jen Pete Taylor

Love what you have done, doing something you enjoy to help others. Hope you will still enjoy social paddling. Jen Pete Taylor

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Michael Peirce

Great effort Terry, unfortunately many of us have/will go through prostate issues.

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Paul McLaren

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Ken Vidler

Fantastic effort Terry, you are an inspiration. This gets you to your goal !

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Andrew And Fiona Harris

See you on the river soon.

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Robert Amos

Legendary effort Terry.

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Chris Meadwell

$25.00 donated to your worthy cause. Regards Chris Meadwell

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Russell Price

Your an inspiration my friend, I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer early so I have a good chance to win.

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Dan And Carol Morton

Good job Terry

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Veronica Haarmann

Amazing effort Terry!

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Sean

I'll get you next time Terry

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Chad Sorensen

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Kate Martin

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Ray E Smith

Your commitment to the prostate cancer cause is wonderful.

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Julie

Very proud of you Terry and your achievements. Truly awesome.

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Luc Jacob

Well done Terry you’re an inspiration

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Jane And Brad (Dooley)

Go Terry, you champion

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Rach & Ky Walker - Kwillana Va’a Outriggers

Your an absolute Legend & massive inspiration to all of us Terry, you are proof there is no limit to what we can achieve!! See you on the water champ 🏆🙌🌟

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Sean Killen

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Alaine Davin

Your determination and stamina continue to amaze me! Well done you 😊

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Fifi Tan

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Jared Graves

Amazing Terry, you are always an inspiration. Good luck reaching your goal! See you on the water.

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Erica AB

Another amazing challenge Terry. You are a light to all who paddle and struggle with health and well-being. Your persistence gives inspiration to many.

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THE Coffee Lady

Keep on going Terry. You are our inspiration and we love you.

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Peter Jason Van Maanen

awesome Terry!!

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Kate

An inspirational effort so far, Terry…and still going! Well done for raising so much money for a very worthy cause.

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D G Pluim

Go Terry

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Anita Haarmann

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David Gardiner

Good on yer Terry !

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THE Coffee Lady

I’ve matched the donations lve received via my coffee van. Keep on inspiring us Terry.

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Pankhurst Family

Congratulations Terry - an incredible achievement, lucky the world has people like you!

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Fifi Tan

Well done and good luck Terry!

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Vanessa Lee

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Alex Leyland

Awesome paddling Terry. You are an inspiration!

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Sean Killen

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THE Coffee Lady

I am Donating .50c from every coffee l make at Ascot Kayak Club on Saturday mornings. Keep up the great work Terry.

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Mark Richards

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Ian

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Sean Killen

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David Brown

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Ryan And Rachelle Goodchild

Great effort for a great cause. Well done so far and keep up the good work Terry. I know you can get to the big 10!

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Anonymous

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Ash & Fran

Well done Terry 👍

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Rob Riggir

Well done - great cause

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Sean Killen

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Richard Hyde

Well done Terry!

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Phill Langley

Great stuff Terry- Well Done!

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Yvonne Wallace

Well done Terry in all your efforts raising funds and awareness. The paddling inspiration is great :)

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Nathan Jamieson

You’re a True blue legend Terry. The paddling community is blessed to have you.

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Muz Latham

Congratulations on the fundraising & the paddling Terry. Wonderful achievements

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Jim And Thelma Young

Well done Terry. Hope you reach your target. Cauliflower soup will help 🙂

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Sue Power

Awesome and unique achievement Terry, and such a worthy cause. Thanks for your advice and passion over the years. Tony Power

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Judy , Peter & Bronwyn

Well Done, A great effort .

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Bernard Roberts

Well done Terry, an inspiration to us all

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John Grulich

Amazing effort Terry

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Donald Stephens

Congratulations Terry, a brilliant effort. Regards Don

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Sean Killen

Every time you beat me in a race I'll tip in another $20

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Kate Crossing

Congratulations Terry, you're an inspiration!

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Maggie Bell

So proud to know you Terry. I've followed your adventures since the day you left Boston UK. Maggie

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Mike Edmondson

Great effort, Terry. Well done!

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Alan Frost

Well done Terry. Fantastic effort for a very important cause.

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Jason Gardner

Well done Terry

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Joe Dowse

Terry I got given an ascot top for free by Sue as it was the wrong size for her so said I would donate to you to cover the theoretical cost.

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Kirsten Campbell

Congratulations on both the achievements - paddling the distance and the fundraising

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Nigel&Joy Matthew

You are truly inspiring and it is an honour to know you

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Paul Bourne

Well done Terry, and thank you for all your stories and pics.

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Eric Long

Well done Terry. Would love to be there when you finish. ps don’t mention the Ashes

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David Ahmed

Great effort Terry.

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Gordon Lentz

A great achievement Terry - very well done.

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Clare Pankhurst

Amazing work Terry!!

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Jane Pankhurst

Terry, to achieve something like this, I think you just have to be a little crazy, but the best people are! You are amazing and an inspiration to us all!

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Jan Karpinski

Go Terry! Well done!

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Anonymous

Well Done Terry..!

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Lisa And Steve Mueller

Well done Terry - a great cause!

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Byron H

Congratulations on reaching 7000km in such a short space of time and for such a good cause

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Clare Rice

Well done Terry, you are truly amazing.

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Brendan Welker

Well done Terry, keep paddling! Regards Brendan

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Nigel Emmett

Awesome achievement Terry and thank you as well for all your support and friendship, we should have a party to celebrate the milestone too! 🤠🍻Nige

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Pam Riordan

You’re crazy but great bird photos!

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Phil Bingham

Well done Terry, a top effort.

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Jason Bingham

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Sharon

Great effort and cause. Well done Terry!

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Eric Warren

Great work Terry. I hope you reach your goal. Eric.

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Gracepoint Pty Ltd

Congratulations Terry keep on toiling to reach your incredible goal for an amazing cause.

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Erica Mcknight

I am inspired by your amazing adventures and efforts. Keep up the great work.

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Margaret Jeffery

You're a legend Terry!

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Chris Cocker

Hi Terry, Thanks for training the Over Fifty Canoe club at Bolland's Elbow this year Chris

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Daniel Cocker

Hi Terry, Thanks for training some of the Over Fifty five Canoe Club last winter at Bollands Elbow

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Peter Mulcahy

Good cause - thanks for the effort

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Sean Killen

Onya Legend!

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Robin Jacob

Hi Terry, I was diagnosed in late 2013 thanks to some quick action by my GP followed up by some good surgery in 2014. This was successful like yours and no sign since. Hopefully you will reach the $7000 as quickly as you are eating up the kilometres on the river.

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Colin Scully

Well done Terry

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Pat

Great work mate.

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Nina

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Mulch

Up Up Up!!!

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Olivia Berson

You’re a very inspirational person Terry

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John Young

Terry, great effort, great example.

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Marty Wallace

Good work Terry!

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Julie

Keep on paddling! This is an amazing effort

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Joe Dowse

Well done Terry. Its an amazing effort and you are an inspiration to us all to get out there and enjoy the paddle. Cheers Joe

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Peipei

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Pongratz Tania

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Amanda Bowman

You're smashing it!!!

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Mike Wood

Good on you Terry

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Kate Martin

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Frank Michael Ledger

Keep it going Terry , well done on your paddle old mate , really liked all the wildlife photos on your travels , Merry Christmas to you and yours

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Andrew Hayden

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Bryony McCrudden

Keep up the great paddling Terry. A very worthy cause to raise funds for

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Ken Douglas

Thankyou and congratulations for what you are doing for this very good cause. Also, many thanks for the tuition you gave to the Over55 canoe club several months ago at Bolands elbow to Amiens. Cheers and good luck to achieve your km target.

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Josh Trevarthen

Good on you mate, go hard.

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Alaine Davin

So many amazing accomplishments in your life, here's to you teaching your goal for fundraising.

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Marie Andersson

Keep up the great paddling Terry. You are an inspiration to so many of us :)

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Anonymous

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Barbara Cammell

You are an inspiration to all as you paddle daily on the river, often more than once, to raise funds for this very worthy cause.

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Jocelyn Ward

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Terry Bolland