Thanks for popping along to the fundraising page for The Great Big Paddle! I'm on a mission to paddle a fair distance for the AV Foundation, with whom we'll be using every penny raised here to put solar panels on the roofs of East African schools, as well as developing drinking water systems in the same communities. The Foundation's admin costs are covered up by Gap Year Company Africa & Asia Venture so EVERY penny we raise goes to the cause. 

On December 19th 2009 I completed the first event of the project, a 2476km source to sea expedition along Australia's largest and most important river, the Murray. The full story can be found on our website at

In late April 2010 I was joined by Sebastian Terry as we became the first people to Stand Up Paddleboard across Lake Geneva. The 86km journey was hampered somewhat on the first day by strong winds but we still managed to reach Geneva safe and sound within two days. There's a video of the trip right here:

Between the 2nd and 8th June the very lovely Adventurer/Ocean Rower Sarah Outen and I Stand Up Paddled over 150 miles between Bath and London, reaching Tower Bridge amidst furious Thames waves! We split donations between the AV Foundation and Sarah's chosen charity, CoppaFeel. Take a look at this trailer:

In the coming years I'll be paddling further. Plans are growing for a world record breaking distance journey on a stand up paddle board. The Daily Mail wrote an article about my unorthodox training regime, it's quite funny:

I only started paddling a kayak in January 2009, and had never been in a canoe or on a Stand Up Paddle board before April 2009, so this watery way to travel is still a fairly new sensation! But, most importantly, it's all for an incredible cause. We're not just asking for a donation, if you have the time and inclination come on over to the canal-side office in Wiltshire and I'll give you a free lesson in Stand Up Paddling. We want to make people smile with this project!

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So please dig deep and donate now, I promise to paddle out the miles in return for your genorosity!

Please visit to follow the project and the journeys...

Many thanks

Dave Cornthwaite

Thanks to:
Rosie Fox, who raised in the region of £200 by paddling ten miles along the Thames in August 2009, with a picture of an alligator on her kayak to remind her of Dave's slightly bigger paddle. Great work Rosie!

Raising money for

AV Foundation

AV Foundation

Charity Registration No. 1069099

In remote rural areas of Africa and Asia, access to a decent education is the key to a better future. Our funds aim to improve the infrastructure to equip rural children to break out of the cycle of poverty. We build and refurbish classrooms, washrooms, water tanks and libraries. Help us build more!

Donations 60

Hope things go well and worthy cause too

Donation by Andrew Lamb on 05/08/10


+ £2.19 Gift Aid

'On behalf of Gerard- Reading to Marlow - well done G Bro - your sis is very proud of ya!!! :o)

Donation by Nicola Saunders on 11/06/10


+ £4.23 Gift Aid

Congratulations Dave and Sarah. Such a great effort! So good to see funds accumulate for the AV Foundation. Cheers

Donation by Peter Dodds on 10/06/10


Thank you for pulling me out of the canal! You were both marvellous.

Donation by Helen Smith on 08/06/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Well done Super-G ;-)

Donation by Clare Witty on 08/06/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by William Clive on 07/06/10


+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Hi Sarah, I'm coming along to your tea party at YumChaa tomorrow! Looking forward to it! :-) Katharine.

Donation by Katharine Montgomery on 07/06/10


+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Stephen and Hannah Colbert

Donation by Hannah Colbert on 06/06/10


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Go on G, Go for it!

Donation by oliver webb on 05/06/10


+ £11.28 Gift Aid

On behalf of Gerard - Reading to Marlow - you go Gerard, do it before you are too old:)... dont fall out!! - Good Luck

Donation by Kerrie Flaus & Lance Baber on 04/06/10


+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Awesome stuff - looking forward to Tuesday night.

Donation by Alex Hibbert on 04/06/10


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Good Luck and have Fun......

Donation by Mhairi Weir on 03/06/10


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Good luck to the whole team for the next paddle the 5-6 June. I hope the good weather and gentle wind accompanies you along the way.

Donation by Dorota Gronostajska on 31/05/10


a friend of Felipe

Donation by Philippe Allard on 30/05/10


+ £1.69 Gift Aid

Good luck with your latest adventure (Remember Wick 2006 where it all began ?)

Donation by Neil & Mary Thompson on 29/05/10


+ £4.23 Gift Aid

Good luck! sorry its not more, lack of funds being a student and all that! xx

Donation by Sarah George on 25/05/10


Congratulations Dave and Seb. Another awesome journey Dave. Keep up the great work for the AV Foundation. Cheers Peter Dodds

Donation by Peter Dodds on 30/04/10


On behalf of everyone who attended Dave's talk on 2nd March, in Bradford-on-Avon

Donation by on 05/03/10


Hi Dave money raised from YMACC Moonlight Paddle pound fro each paddler who did a BLUE MILE will email photo and story regards TIM, BREA and YMACC

Donation by Timothy Roadley on 17/02/10


Donation by Judy Meyer on 02/02/10


Good on ya Dave. You're a champion. What's next?

Donation by Carol Snowdon on 01/02/10

Well done Dave!They should make you an honorary Aussie. Here's looking forward to the next big trip!

Donation by Dave Roberts on 25/01/10


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Well done on this adventure Dave. I look forward to the next one!

Donation by mathilda evans on 30/12/09


+ £4.23 Gift Aid

Donation by Nancy McMurray on 23/12/09


On behalf of two coachloads of Adelaide pensioners, well done!

Donation by The Keenagers, Waikerie! on 22/12/09


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,551.86
  • Offline donations£500.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£4,051.86
  • Gift Aid£277.72

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