SEA Paddle NYC and WPA (World Paddle Association) has attracted surfers, standup paddlers, and watermen from all over the world. This one of a kind physical challenge proves that these volunteers donate their time, training, and care for Autism as well as environmental needs.
SEA Paddle mission statement “Surfers’ Environmental Alliance is committed to the preservation and protection of the environmental and cultural elements inherent to the sport of surfing. Our goals are achieved through grassroots efforts, community involvement, education, and humanitarian efforts.” They engage in projects that strive to conserve the quality of their marine environment, preserve or enhance surf breaks, protect beach access rights, and safeguard the coastal surf zone from unnecessary development.
SEA Paddle NYC takes place bright and early on Monday August 11, 2014 starting their journey from the Brooklyn Bridge, then heading north up the East River, into the Harlem River, then down the Hudson River, finishing at Chelsea Piers Marina.
To ensure success of SEA Paddle NYC, every paddler is expected to raise a minimum of $1,000. Show your support by donating directly to a paddler or team, or by making a general donation. Every pledge goes directly to their beneficiaries.
I wish the best of luck to my sister Patricia Miller who raised $2,445.00 so far and MaryAnn Jackowski who also raised $2,315.00 (Surfers for Autism Organization) both of these strong unbelievable women believe that paddling 25+ miles can, and will be done. “They believe that they can train, sweat, cry, and complete a rigorous test of endurance. They believe in the importance of intelligent environmental research, the impacts of waste water management, need for grassroots action and the responsibility of protecting their local waterways. They believe those affected by autism are not alone, support does not disappear with the absence of government grants, nor does a helping hand disappear when the event has come and gone. They believe that people can and will make a change.”
Good luck to all the volunteers, paddlers, surfers, standup paddlers, and watermen and great thanks to you all.