A group of friends have started an epic journey down the Waikato river this morning to raise money for a Bay of Plenty boy with a rare form of bone cancer.
The four friends from the Omanu surf life-saving club in Mount Maunganui have already raised around $35,000 for 10-year-old Harrison Mundy and hope to raise more for the Papamoa boy by the time they finish their stand-up paddle boarding journey from Lake Taupo to the Port of Waikato.
The group set out just after 6.20am and plan to paddle up 80km a day to finish the trip in around four days, support person Jimi Grant said.
"There will be some tired bodies, it's quite an exercise doing 60km to 80km a day," he said.
As well as the paddling, the group will have to get around some dams on the way and will be camping out at night.
Mr Grant hoped they could raise another $5000 to $10,000 along the route.
Harrison has been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma - a rare form of cancerous tumour that grows in bones or the soft tissue around them.
Ewing Sarcoma makes up only 1 per cent of all cancers diagnosed and typically affects children.