Canadian kayaker launches year-long paddle for charity in Halifax
A Canadian aid worker embarks on a kayak trip for two charities that will require him to paddle more than 10,000 kilometres.
“There are many times in life where we think we have time to do things, but we don’t, and if you have the capacity to do something and you have the resources, then do it,” said Mark Fuhrmann.
Fuhrmann, a 64-year-old man from Adegoke, Ontario. raises funds for two charities, Doctors Without Borders and Captains Without Borders.
“Captains Without Borders is a charity that helps disadvantaged women obtain maritime careers to work on the global maritime merchant fleet,” he said.
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Starting today, Fuhrmann plans to kick off his journey by paddling out from Halifax as part of The Greater Loop Expedition.
The estimated year-long kayaking trip will take him to the northern tip of Ontario and the southern tip of Florida.
The other element of her journey is to inspire people to overcome life’s challenges through community building and self-exploration.
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“We have to be able to take those challenges, those things that have happened to us in life, and not allow ourselves to be bitter,” he said.
“We need to be able to reverse evil, influence people, and help people along the way.”
The Nova Scotia kayaking community provided support and guidance as he prepared, including a kayaker who paddled the big loop before the pandemic.
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“He’s only slightly mad. It’s about being positive and it’s there to be done. I mean the people he’s going to meet, the hospitality he’s going to receive is going to be absolutely amazing. And, of course, being in touch with nature,” said Steve Chard.
Fuhrmann plans to document his trip and raise money for charities along his way.
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