Plywood Cup

Since our traditional plywood boat race has been cancelled due to COVID-19, we need your help now more than ever!

In an effort to still raise awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and funds to continue serving children in need of early language intervention, we will be live streaming a generous volunteer carpenter taking on the challenge of building a plywood boat and paddling it in the water in 90 minutes from Granville Island. Please visit and share  The Plywood Cup Casts Off Online  to learn more about the event on June 20th, 2020!

Ways to donate:

The Plywood Cup is an outdoor fundraiser which involves making a boat out of plywood in ninety minutes! Each team of four is given a bag of nails, two sheets of plywood, and some duct tape, with which to build a seaworthy craft. Then some lucky member of the team paddles it across False Creek and back! The Plywood Cup goes to the team that raises the most funds.

This fundraiser is enjoyed by all, and always provides a great “team-building” experience for corporate participants. Most importantly, it raises some much needed funds to help support children to better communicate, and actively participate in the world around them.  Our goal this year is to raise $30,000.

Clip from Plywood Cup 2016


Your involvement in this fundraiser would make a significant difference.

In a nutshell, this is how you can participate:

  • Register your Corporate Team  (Registration fee: $500.00).  Please enter your information online then send us your registration fee via e-transfer ( or a cheque payable to Small Talk.
  • Donate money (e-transfer to, cheque payable to Small Talk, PayPal, or cash) and get a Charity Tax Receipt.
  • Volunteer your time for helping out before, during and after the event.
  • Join us the day of the event and cheer on the teams.

 10:00 AM – Registration & Pickup materials

 11:00 AM – Boat building commences

 12:30 PM – Boat building stops & judging

 12:45 PM – Excess materials & tools moved topside

 1:00 PM – Race

 1:30 PM – Boats moved topside for disposal

 2:00 PM – Awards on dockside

  • Most Funds Raised
  • Best Design
  • First to Sink
  • First Across
  • Second Across
  • Third Across

For more information, please call us at 604.872.3132 or email us at