Congratulations to Norfolk Association for Community Living and Community Living Access Support Services of Simcoe for answering Community Living Ontario’s call to celebrate the resolve and fundraising efforts of Colin Sanders, a father of three from Port Hope who will be embarking on an ambitious 4000-kilometer solo row across the Atlantic Ocean in December.
Colin, whose son Jeff is supported by Community Living Campbellford-Brighton, will be rowing to raise awareness of people who have an intellectual disability. For more information on Colin’s journey please visit the campaign website – www.onemillionpossibilities.com.
To support Colin’s efforts and their own, Norfolk Association for Community Living and Community Living Access Support Services have enlisted the expertise of three local paddleboarders: Tyler Backus, Kodie Peekstok and Jonah Logan, each of whom will paddle approximately 52 kilometers across Lake Erie in early July.
The trio will begin their journey on the northern shores of Presque Isle State Park, located near Erie, Pennsylvania and paddle north for Long Point. Upon their arrival, Backus, Peekstock and Logan will be met with a beach party, where they will celebrate their accomplishment and, hopefully, find some chairs to sit and rest their arms. Backus’ fundraising efforts will not end in Long Point, as he will attempt to paddle across Lake Ontario in August, which is considered to be a more challenging journey.
Next month’s journey will be both Logan and Backus’ second time paddleboarding across Lake Erie, as they completed a similar journey several years ago. Peekstok is no stranger to paddling across vast distances, as he completed a 32-kilometer race on Lake Ontario this past year and is considered to be one of the fastest paddleboarders in Ontario.
Although the trio is not expected to encounter the types of hazards that Colin Sanders will inevitably experience during his trans-Atlantic row, a number of safety procedures are in place to ensure that Backus, Peekstock and Logan are able to safely complete their journey. The paddleboarders will be accompanied by a support team traveling in a motor boat, and they will be wearing life jackets and carrying spare paddles.
One potential hazard the trio may encounter is strong winds, as even a 15 kilometre-per-hour wind can dramatically affect their efforts. The potential for thunderstorms also poses a significant challenge during their journey. As such, the trio does not have an established date for their trip across Lake Erie, but they hope to depart sometime between July 2nd and 8th.
Supporters of the trio are welcome to follow their journey online. Donations to Norfolk Association for Community Living and Community Living Access Support Services can also be made through their Facebook page.
Community Living Ontario wishes Tyler Backus, Kodie Peekstock and Jonah Logan a safe journey across Lake Erie!
Spencer Jacklin, Community Living Ontario