Deb Walters, a 63-year-old woman from Maine is making the trek from Maine to Guatemala by kayaking. Walters, a retired scientist, first came up with the idea when she visited Guatemala seven years ago. The 2,500 mile trip would serve to raise funds for a charity called Safe Passage. Safe Passage helps aid families lining in the slums in Guatemala City.
Most of the families there are living out of the dumps. The families there have very little for their children, and Safe Passage hopes to decrease that deficit by raising and donating proceeds, time, and knowledge.
Although it’s natural to feel nervous for Walters. she’s certainly no stranger to the sea. Walter’s has embarked on several solo kayaking journeys before. Furthermore, she has also been in situations where she has had to battle severe weather and even hurricanes.
Walter is confident she will be able to handle any challenge she meets on the sea.
Additionally, Walters has had tons of support with her trip. She has over 45 corporate sponsors who have decked her out with all the latest technology and sportswear. She is testing out several products for various vendors, as well as sporting a Delorme GPS that tracks her location about every 10 minutes. Also, she has a GoPro on here kayak that will record the trip which she will add to a blog.
Walters would like to note she is independently funding the entirety of the trip, so any of the funds raised through Safe Passage because of her journey will go directly to the cause.
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