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Casting for Recovery New Zealand Retreats

 
CFR NZ | CFR Nelson | Casting programme | Open days | River helpers | Photos
 

TO FISH IS TO HOPE

Casting for Recovery (CFR) provides retreats at no cost to participants, which allow people whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn to fly fish.

It offers participants an opportunity to experience the peace and solitude and the chance to be in the moment that fly fishing provides. The retreat also incorporates a range of other services to promote well-being. The 2.5 day retreat weekend is one of fun and support with the mission of our trained volunteers being that of empowerment and achievement to what ever level you are capable of.

2014/15 retreats

Taupo

2015: October 2015 - Dates to be advised

2014: 3-5 October at Poronui Lodge, Taupo.

Eastern Bay of Plenty

2015: October 2015 - Dates to be advised

2014: 11-13 October at Tarawera River Lodge Motel, Kawerau

Nelson

24 -26 April 2015 (ANZAC weekend) at Owen River Lodge, near Murchison. Applications are now open.

Find out more about the CFR Nelson retreat.

Applications To appy for a retreat, complete the application form (MS Word document) and email or post it to CFR.
2015 AGM The 2015 AGM is planned for Nelson. Dates and venue to be advised.
Recent events
  • The CFR AGM /Hui was held on Saturday 14th June 2014 at the National Trout Centre in Turangi.
  • A one day programme of fly casting tuition for breast cancer was held on June 14th 2014 at the National Trout Centre Hatchery in Turangi

  • CFR ran an open day on 15 June 2014 in conjunction with the National Trout Centre and Sage
FAQs Visit the FAQ page for answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the retreats.
Who is at the retreats

We are pleased to have the support of Peter Carty, Russell Anderson, Clarke Reid as fly tying and casting coaches.

There will also be a breast cancer and CFR resource table offering lingerie and prosthetics advice.

TV3 story

Watch the TV3 story about Casting for Recovery

TV3 story

CFR contact details

National Programme Co-ordinator, CFR New Zealand

Sherrie Feickert

71 Chalgrave St
Murchison
Tasman 7007

Phone: (03) 5239 525.

Mobile: 021 774 751

Email: sherrie@castingforrecovery.org.nz

 

On the web:

CFR NZ: www.castingforrecovery.org.nz (you are here)

CFR International: www.castingforrecovery.org

Facebook: Casting-For-Recovery-New-Zealand

Sherrie Feickert

Sherrie wearing CFR gear.

Regional co-ordinators

Sherrie Frickert - North Island CFR coordinator

sherrie@castingforrecovery.org.nz

Eve Reilly - Taupo (Poronui Lodge)

info@poronui.com

Kevin Farrington - National Trout Centre, Turangi

manager@troutcentre.com

Sandra Jermyn - Nelson

sandra@castingforrecovery.org.nz

Sally Robertson - Nelson

sally@castingforrecovery.org.nz

Maree Peter - Nelson

maree@castingforrecovery.org.nz

Eligibility and selection

The Casting for Recovery retreat accommodates 14 participants who have or have had breast cancer. You need not ever have picked up a rod in your life and only need to get to the location in Rotorua. Once there, you will be outfitted with fly fishing gear from head to toe for use for the duration of the retreat.

The selection of the 14 participants from all those applying is through a random lottery. The only condition is that you provide a medical certificate that confirms you are fit to participate.

Staffing Retreats are staffed by trained men and women volunteers. Our fly fishing instructors, medical and hospitality team are all here to make your weekend one of fun, empowerment and achievement.
Content

You will be immersed in the world of fly fishing, learning to cast, tie the basic knots and all about the bugs - what fish eat. On the last day of the retreat, you'll be in the water practicing catch and release fishing assisted by our CFR volunteers, whom are passionate fly fishing anglers with years of experience to share with you.

Note that you are free to participate at whatever level you feel comfortable and are free to break from any activity.

View a sample schedule

Other services

In addition to your fly fishing experts, some of whom represent NZ on our National Fly Fishing team the Silver Flies, you will have a pampering session. The pampering sessions will contain a variety of the following services:

  • Reiki
  • Massage
  • Manicures
  • Prosthetic advice
  • Compression garment fitting
  • A resource table that includes lymphoedema advice.
Lodgings

Meal

Great healthy meals (note the plates of lobsters!)

We provide you with comfortable shared lodgings. In our gathering area you will find all day refreshments with seasonal fruit and snacks. Our CFR volunteers will be sharing meal times with you, taking care of your needs and sharing in your daily recollections.

Video

Video clip of CFR

Watch a short video clip and listen to women talk about what the American programme of Casting for Recovery has meant for them and their families. See what is involved and hear how this progamme, made possible by many volunteers and sponsors, has had a profound effect on women recovering from breast cancer.

Sponsorship and support As the program is non-profit and offered at no cost to the participants, CFR relies on the generosity of individual donors, foundation grants, companies and organisations. If there is any way you can help with loans or gifts of fishing gear, outdoor clothing, or any other good or services, please contact Sherrie at CFR.
Become a river helper

Helpers

The River Helpers of 2013

Casting for Recovery relies on the generous donation of goods and services as well as the time and expertise of anglers. If you would like to be part of this fun and important programme please check that you are able to fulfill the requirements as laid down in the "job description"

Tie some flies

Next time you're at your fly-tying bench, how about tying some flies that work in your region and send them through to CFR.

All donations will be gratefully received and acknowledged.

Please send flies to:
Sherrie Feickert
National Programme Co-ordinator

CFR New Zealand

71 Chalgrave St
Murchison
Tasman 7007

Lynda assists on the Hamurana Stream

Special offer to CFR alumni

Come fishing with a CFR Accredited Fly Gal Pal

If you are a CFR alumni and plan to come to New Zealand, the women at CFR New Zealand offer to take you fishing and accommodate your needs. These are people who are passionate about fishing. If no-one is available at the time, or if you'd prefer a professional guide, they can assist you with a guide from the New Zealand Professional Fly Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA).

Zero Limits

 

CFR globally practises compulsory catch and release and the education of humanely releasing trout with soft nets and barbless hooks.

CFR also teaches the concept of leaving no footprint on our pristine waterways and so has been awarded the sustainable tourism tick of approval.

Endorsement for CFR NZ

"I heartily support Casting for Recovery as one of the best programs for breast cancer survivors that I know."

Susan Love, MD
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Message from "The First lady of Fly Fishing", Joan Wulff

 

Message of support for the New Zealand CFR programme

I'm delighted to know that you have started a Casting for Recovery "chapter" in your lovely country. There isn't a better cause and I love New Zealand. I was there in 1994 for your first One-Fly contest and we had a 4-person woman's team from the US. We didn't win, but thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Altogether I was there three whole weeks and fished as far south as Te Anau.

I wish you all the best with your Casting for Recovery program and, too, sharing fishing adventures with sister anglers. I'd be happy to hear from you as you move on.

Warmest wishes! Tight lines!!

Joan Wulff

Message from the Right Hon John Key, PM

Trout Fishing and Recovery from Breast Cancer in New Zealand

As a keen trout fisherman and the Minister of Tourism it is my great pleasure to encourage you to enjoy some of the best trout fishing in the world.

Breast cancer affects a growing number of women and recovery from treatment can be a long and sometimes traumatic experience.

It’s great to see organisations like Casting For Recovery running innovative programmes that help breast cancer sufferers get better while teaching them one of the world’s most relaxing and rewarding pastimes.

New Zealand is world-renowned for our trout fishing. Our sparkling rivers and lakes, our healthy trout fisheries, and our fantastic scenery complement our warm Kiwi hospitality and the wide range of facilities available for our visitors.

If ever there was a part of the world designed to help people recover from an illness – while making them feel at home – it must surely be in New Zealand.

Best wishes and happy fishing!

Hon John Key
Prime Minister
Minister of Tourism

International organisation

Casting for Recovery was founded in the USA in 1996 and has its headquarters in Manchester Vermont. See www.castingforrecovery.org for more details.

The Casting for Recovery team thank all those who give up their time and resources to assist participants during their retreat weekend.

 

 


 

 

Major sponsors

 

 

for funding equipment

 

 

DIA logo

Lotteries Commission and COGS

for funding retreats and administration

 

 

Owen River Lodge

 

Poronui Lodge

 

 

 

 

Sage

 

 

Lion Foundation

 

 

NZ Community Trust

 

 

Thanks to our fly tiers

Tony Orman and friends

Simon Chu and Friends

Peter Gohns

Auckland Freshwater Anglers Club

North Shore Anglers Club

Rotorua Anglers Club

Hamilton Anglers Club

TALTAC

Peter Carty

Tony Entwistle

Redge Horton

 

Thanks to our supporters...

Bryan and Nancy Tichborne

Kelly Tarltons

Rainbow Springs

Maryanne Stevenson-Wright

Ray and Vivienne Kermode

Charleston Motels

Korimako Studios

Elizabeth Dichter

Tom Melancon

Colleen Hamilton

Russell Kennedy

 

And to...

 

Rotorua Hunting & Fishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CFR rod maker

 

 

Waipa King Country Division

 

Retreat photos

Ready for Action

Graduation

 

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