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)