Van Wilson

Paddle Peterborough

My Activity Tracking


Why I’m Paddling

My name is Van and I am 6 years old. I love being in and on the water. On flat days rain or shine my mum and/or dad take me out on either a paddle board, kayak or my favorite, the peddle paddle board. My love of paddle boarding was inspired by my uncle Patty who passed away from cancer almost 2 years ago. I often think of Patty when we go for a paddle. My Oma also died from cancer, I never had the chance to meet her. I will be paddling for Patty and Oma. I hope to raise enough money to make a difference to other family’s who are also effected by cancer. 

Paddle Peterborough

Two years ago Patty Wilson was on Lorne Beach, when he happened to meet Jamie Loveridge.

Cancer was an unwelcome intrusion on both of their lives.

They both confided in each other.

Jamie’s sister Kath had passed away two weeks prior with Thymic cancer.

Patty was suffering from Melanoma cancer.

The conversation was pivotal in helping Jamie begin to come to terms with his sister’s death.

Two weeks later Jamie drove from his hometown of Peterborough to join Patty, his friends and family for the Paddle Across the Bay.

Not long after, Patty lost his battle with cancer.

But the bond forged and their fight against the disease lives on.

To pay tribute to Patty and Kath Paddle Peterborough is being established.

The paddle brings together friends and family to raise money and awareness to help defeat a disease that has touched the lives of so many.

We’d love you to join either as a participant or a sponsor of the event.

Event: Paddle Peterborough 10th of April 2021
Focus: Get people close to Patty and Jamie involved in a low key event to raise much needed money for cancer research and support.
Sign up must: Why are you getting involved? Who are you Paddling for? 

Every year more than 35,000 Victorians hear the words ‘you have cancer’.

Thanks in part to generous Victorians, 7 in 10 of them will survive five years after a cancer diagnosis, but there’s still so much work to be done.

Cancer Council needs our support more than ever this year. Every dollar raised gives hope for a cancer free future. By supporting our Paddle, you’re funding life-saving cancer treatments, prevention programs, and support services that ensure no one has to face cancer alone.

My Achievements

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Raised $250

Raised $500

Raised $1000

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Reached fundraising goal

Increased fundraising goal 

Thank you to my Supporters


Jessie Skaftouros

So proud of you Van!! Amazing work. Love Jessie xox


Maddy Hunter-smith

Well done on your paddle Van - you are a star! It is so inspiring to see you take action in the fight against cancer.


Amanda Bater


Melinda Macbeth

Good luck with your paddle Van, I’m sure that Uncle Patty will be proud of you. Look after Mum out there too.


Kathy Wilson

So proud of you Van. Paddle well and I know uncle Patty will be looking down and steering you along. X Nanny


Jared Evans

Well done Van!


Maggie, Molly & Rex Roach

Great work Van!


Van Wilson


Jacqueline Wilson

I hope that in your lifetime we find a cure for this horrible disease. We will always try to make a difference. You are amazing, love mum ❤️



ich liebe dich . Paddle well for Patty