Starting in Coinjock on May 18th and ending in Surf City on May 29th, Larry Williamson will navigate 220 miles along the intracoastal waterways of NC with his kayak and a few supplies. On May 18th, Williamson will embark on his adventure that will take approximately 12 days and 73 hours of paddling. His goal is to raise $14,000 to support the American Red Cross as part of the Eastern NC Heroes Campaign
Heroes for the American Red Cross is a grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign that gives community members the chance to make a big, lasting difference. Heroes pledge to raise $1,000 or more for the Red Cross during the campaign period. Heroes can raise the money personally, as an organization, or by hosting a fundraising event.
Williamson is a proud board member for the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter of the American Red Cross in Rocky Mount and wanted to come up with a creative way to give back to the organization. “Having a passion for the coast and water activities, I decided I could combine my desire to support the Red Cross efforts and my passion for the water,” said Williamson.
“I heard so many stories from so many individuals about how the Red Cross was the first one there to help when they personally needed it - this touched me,” recalls Williamson. “It moved me to want to do something personal to support such a most worthwhile effort.”
Williamson will kayak through 15 coastal counties of NC that are often victim to flooding and storm damage. In addition to large disasters like Hurricane Irene, the 2011 spring tornadoes, and Superstorm Sandy, the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross responds to hundreds of home fires each year that affect thousands of local residents.
For more information about Larry's Kayak Fundraiser contact the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter at 252-977-1720.
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