NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. – A 200-mile journey down the Chesapeake Bay involves an finish on Friday off the coast of the Japanese Shore.
Hearly Mayr and his 13-year-old son Andreas acquired into their kayaks close to Elkton, Maryland on July 16 and traveled 15-20 miles each day since.
Their vacation spot? Smith Island close to the southern finish of the Japanese Shore. Every paddle in assist of households damage by COVID-19 and nonetheless struggling to get by financially.
“For us it was actually vital for us to offer again, to verify we’re capable of assist by means of a trigger,” mentioned Hearly Mayr.
The trigger? The Adventist Growth and Reduction Company’s COVID-19 Starvation Pandemic Response Marketing campaign; cash the Mayrs raised is a part of $3 million headed to households in want.
However elevating cash might need been the simple half. This 200-mile journey isn’t any leisurely float down the Chesapeake the place battling climate and currents is only one a part of the wrestle.
“I might say among the different challenges are issues like staying hydrated, ensuring you may have sufficient fluids. Additionally, at each cease, now we have to battle the mosquitoes,” mentioned Mayr.
However on the finish of the day, this father and son have one another.
“We all the time I feel wrestle as mother and father and fathers to search out time with our youngsters and so for me personally I actually needed to make use of this chance to spend time collectively, to have enjoyable collectively and to problem ourselves just a little bit,” mentioned Mayr.
Making reminiscences and making a distinction for folks in want.