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One Square Mile of Hope 2011 with pics


Sunday, September 25, 2011

I had the joy and honor of helping to plan an awesome event that took place yesterday in my little town. It was called One Square Mile of Hope 2011 and was a major fundraiser for Susan B. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and it was also an attempt to break a Guinness World record!

The event was fairly simple in idea: assemble as many kayaks and canoes into a single free floating "raft" as possible. To form the raft, participants reached out and grabbed the sides of each others boats. At noon, the World Record attempt was made. Now, here's a little back-history. In 2008, my town held this same event. We had about 1100 kayaks and canoes and broke the previous record of just over 600. Pittsburgh, PA recently took the record from us with 1619!!! Wow. That's A LOT of boats!!! But my tiny town was determined to take their record back, and WE DID!!! We have 1925 boats on the water yesterday. And just think of all the money that went to Susan B. Komen! Each boat registered paid $25 each! Amazing!

And the cool part (as if all of this wasn't cool enough!) is that my 15 year old daughter took her kayak out and was part of the raft! I couldn't be more proud!

I would have loved to have participated, but I'm not a strong paddler and I figured being pregnant, I should probably stay on dry land. LOL

The following pictures are of the event:

This is my daughter, Shelby. The rain was just starting as she was paddling in... and it was chilly!




This is a "close up" of the raft. As close as I could get considering they were significantly further away than planned!




And this is raft in a wider view! Notice our beautiful trees on the mountain! Love it here!




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NYKIMMIE 10/6/2011 8:26AM

    emoticon great event

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NAB_85 9/26/2011 9:06PM

    Wow!!!! Really really cool!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 9/26/2011 3:13PM

    emoticon thanks for sharing.

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JLPEASE 9/26/2011 11:56AM

    That's so awesome! And great that your daughter was able to participate as well.
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LOOKY-LOU 9/26/2011 10:37AM

    What a great event to be a part of!

And the colour in the trees is fantastic! I always hear about the amazing fall colours, but here in BC we have so many evergreens it never looks like that!

Have a great week!

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MELLIL 9/26/2011 10:18AM

    Oh my gosh! That is SO emoticon !!! And it would have been awesome even without the world record -- but that just makes it AWESOMER! emoticon emoticon

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CMPEARL 9/26/2011 9:57AM

    Congratulations!!! What an amazing event to plan and be a part of...so proud of you and happy at the turnout!!! emoticon

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BNSUHAS 9/26/2011 9:54AM

    That is really neat! Congrats!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/26/2011 9:32AM

    That is awesome! What a great event!

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CHALLENGER15 9/26/2011 1:41AM

    Wow!

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SAFETYSUE 9/25/2011 11:13PM

    Amazing event and incredibly important cause!!! Great job and of course awesome pictures to share with all of us so we can see the magnitude of how well it all went.

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DAWNFIRE72 9/25/2011 10:17PM

    Wow that is a huge amount of boats and the mountains in the background are spectacular. Glad it was a success emoticon

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KATHYPETERSON62 9/25/2011 10:03PM

    WOW - how awesome that is!! Congratulations on raising a phenomenal amount for Susan B Komen and breaking the record!! emoticon

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DAWNFIRE72 9/25/2011 9:52PM

    That is a really cool event and I'm glad that your daughter got to participate. Can't wait for SP to let you post the other pictures.

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