Fundraising on-the-water poker run


Water and cats don’t usually mix, but they do at the Big Fix Thames River Poker Run”‘All Hands On Deck” event July 16.

The second annual event will take off from the Thames Grove Conservation Area in Chatham located at 30 Kingsway Dr. Chatham.

The fundraising paddle runs along the Thames River, with participants picking up five cards at stops along the way. The best poker hand wins.

The paddle takes between two to 2.5 hours.

There will also be a contest for best costume and attendees are invited to embrace a range of themes, from Baywatch to Hawaii 5-0. There’s also a contest for the best decorated vessel.

Entry fees are $20 for a kayak and $25 for a canoe.

People without a boat can still help by collecting pledges. Those who collect more than $50 will receive a poker hand.

Events and games for the entire family are also planned.

Proceeds from the event are used to sponsor low-cost transport to spay and neuter clinics, trap neuter return programs, temporary foster care for homeless cats and kittens, and education around feral/community cat overpopulation and how to resolve the issue humanely.

To pre-register for the poker run, access, or for more information contact


  1. Kayaks are also available for a small donation for those that would like to take part but do not have a kayak or canoe.
    Fun event lots of local vendors and kids games as well.


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