Stand Up Paddling from Nanaimo to Vancouver for Charity

Dec 19 2017, 11:02 am

Eight stand-up paddlers will be challenging the Strait of Georgia on behalf of kids a half-a-world away. Will you stand to support them?

Paddling from Nanaimo to Vancouver, the eight paddlers will take as long as 12 hours to cover as many as 80 kilometres while crossing the Strait on June 28, depending on conditions. In so doing, they’ll face open seas, encounter marine life such as the pods of orcas and dolphins Coastal BC’s been blessed to see lately, dodge BC Ferries, and endure (hopefully) the summer sun. It’s all so they can raise funds to support Ruben’s Shoes, a non-profit getting much-needed footwear to kids in the Dominican Republic.

The eight paddlers are Harry Saini, Scott Burton, Ben Wright, Ken Larsen, Adam Cole, David Jianu, Jason Bennet and Norm Hann, all striving to make life a little easier for kids who face enough challenges without having to walk barefoot through them.

Want to help Ruben’s Shoes get it done? Visit their Fundrazr campaign and do your part by donating.

Ruben’s Shoes is a charity begun by Kelly Strongitharm, named after a real boy in the Dominican Republic. Kelly became Ruben’s sponsor through World Vision when he was just three years old. After seven years of him tugging on her heartstrings in photos and letters, Kelly flew to the D.R. and finally met Ruben.

Between them, it was an instant spark full of unconditional love and total understanding that began right then. Ruben, Kelly says, changed everything.

For her, he began a movement. Today, Ruben is now 12, and Ruben’s Shoes has gotten well over 10,000 kids into much-needed footwear.

In many countries, children are forbidden from attending school if they simply lack shoes. Ruben’s Shoes believes education is the most important tool we have to lift these countries above their economic strife, and that’s why its mission is to collect shoes so these kids can attend school and change the world. Ruben’s Shoes also fundraises in an effort to build needed community schools and dorms to ensure education remains a priority. The organization currently focuses its efforts on the Dominican Republic and Haiti, but will go where the help is needed in the months and years ahead.

Learn more about Ruben and Kelly’s first meeting here

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You can’t walk a mile in their shoes… but the shoes? Those you can give them. Thanks for your support.

Visit N2V Nanaimo to Vancouver website for more details.


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