I am a grandmother paddling alone over 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala. Along the way I will be:
- telling the story of the children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community
- honoring their entrepreneurial mothers
- talking about the success of the Safe Passage model school and
- raising funds for additional grades for the school.

Monday, March 9, 2015

1,000 Mile, $1,000 Paddle Challenge for Safe Passage

Dr. Deb Walters was kayaking alone from Maine to Guatemala to help raise awareness and funds for the Safe Passage school for the children living in the huge Guatemala City garbage dump community.  After 10 months and over 1,500 miles, she had to stop for emergency spinal surgery.  She will be unable to kayak again for many months.  Now she and her rubber ducky mascot are continuing the speaking tour along the coast by car.  Local paddlers have volunteered to kayak and canoe to help her reach her fundraising goal help the children.

How can you help?
Grab a paddle and your favorite mascot (rubber ducky, garden gnome, whatever) and paddle your favorite waterway during March or April.  Have friends and family sponsor you with a tax deductible donation of at least a dollar for every mile you paddle. Use this website for donations: Safe Passage First Giving.

Not a paddler?
Sponsor someone who is or just make a donation towards this $1,000 challenge!

Paddle.  Photo.  Publish!
Donate by April 30th to be entered to win prizes donated by outfitters.  The paddlers or clubs that the collect the most funds will win.  Post a photo or your paddling trip on the Facebook timeline: Kayak For Safe Passage Kids   Please note where your photo was taken.

Deb, back when she could kayak!

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