Wednesday, January 16, 2013
When: April 22nd - 27th,, 2013
I will attempt to paddle the Neuse River -starting in north Raleigh at Falls Lake to New Bern, a total 193 miles.
An after party will be held at City Limits Saloon in downtown Raleigh the evening of the 27th.
We are asking you to take the pledge to donate 1 penny per mile paddled.
ALL proceeds will be divided between the North Carolina Fallen Fighters Foundation and
Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families.
Bronze - $150.00 sponsorship
Receives publicity on our Blog, FFAAFF.org website and Facebook. A decal to be placed on the boat we are going to Raffle off. 2 raffle tickets for the boat and gear.
Silver - $300.00 sponsorship
Receives publicity on our Blog, FFAAFF.org website and Facebook. A decal to be placed on the boat we are going to Raffle off. 2 raffle tickets for the boat and gear. Plus your choice of one of the two framed prints of paintings by Capt John Woodall (ret).
Gold - $500.00 sponsorship
Receives publicity on our Blog, FFAAFF.org website and Facebook. A decal to be placed on the boat we are going to Raffle off. 2 raffle tickets for the boat and gear. Plus both framed prints by Capt. John Woodall (ret).
At the after party we will Raffle off the boat used and all the gear that we have acquired for the trek, along with other items to be announced. Tickets for this are $5 dollars each or $100 for 25.
To donate or to be a sponsor, please go to the Fire Fighters Assisting armed Forces Families web site, FFAAFF.org, go to donate and use the Paypal. Please ear mark your payments with Paddling for Pennies and leave your contact info. All donations are tax deductible.
Capt. John “Woody” Woodall (ret)
My name is Allen Williford and I work for Clayton Fire Department. April 22-27, 2013, myself and Paul Zais, a fellow firefighter and Veteran, will attempt to paddle from Falls Lake in Raleigh, following the Neuse River to New Bern, NC in 5 and a half days. The trek will cover 193 miles of river and half of the state.
The objective, with the help of others, is to finish the 193 miles in enough time to meet everyone at the after party in Raleigh. To do so means paddling approximately 35 miles a day – including overnight.
Being a first responder means everything. It means you hug your spouse and children a little differently before and after work. It means you live to a new standard: you’re viewed, you’re watched, and you are loved. Sometimes you receive a “thank you,” but even when you don't you still remember that moral agreement you made, whatever it takes to get the job done, whatever it takes.
So many members of our first responder family and our military service brothers and sisters have done whatever it took. Many are not with us anymore but in remembrance of them I take on this quest. We honor them by donating to these two foundations - hoping we all go to work never needing their assistance.
The two foundations I’m raising money for are:
The North Carolina Fallen Fireman Foundation (NCFFF) and Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families (FFAAFF). All proceeds will be divided between the two. For more information about these organizations and to donate, please visit the website at www.ffaaff.org.
Please consider joining this effort to make a difference. I am asking for donations in the amount of one Penny per mile paddled. Other amounts are welcomed. All donations are tax-deductible. I am also looking for sponsors to help with our trek. This means corporate or private sponsors, and those who are interested in meeting me at pre-determined spots on the river to swap out supplies, etc.
Again, I ask for your donations or your sponsorship to help those who have done whatever it took.
Capt. Capt. John “Woody” Woodall (ret)