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Adventure Travels Near and Far

Press Release

Almonte, Feb. 22, 08:

Adventure Travels Near & Far

Whitewater canoeing and kayaking are the focus of a fundraising evening to be held Friday March 28, 6 – 9 p.m., at the Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin Street, Almonte. The event is a fundraiser for Likulezi Project, a community care project in Malawi, Africa. Tickets $10/person, available from Doug Younger-Lewis 613 256-2738 or at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., presentations start at 7 p.m. Desserts and refreshments will be served.

Presentations of trips on the renowned Magpie River in northern Quebec and the spectacular Snake River in the Yukon will appeal to paddlers of all abilities. And not to be out-done, information booths and people will be on hand to promote the beautiful waterways of our own Lanark County and Ottawa region.

Speakers and topics:

James McBeath, an avid kayaker, is a partner in Breathe, the holding company for Liquid Skills and Kayak International. In 2004, McBeath produced a documentary on kayaking the Magpie River, a spectacular wilderness river in the Cote-Nord region of Quebec. A plan proposed by a private company to construct a hydroelectric plant on the river generated protests from environmental groups around the world. . The Magpie is described by environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as “one of the greatest whitewater trips in the world”.

Ron Williamson is a Career Outdoor Education and Canadian History teacher, well known for his innovative work in establishing the Bill Mason Outdoor Education & Environmental Studies Centre in Dunrobin, ON. Williamson, who describes himself as happiest in a canoe whether “north of 60” or in Lanark County, will present a recent canoe trip on the famous Snake River, Yukon, described as a “dream destination for paddlers”. The river falls 2500 metres, travelling 300 km through arctic tundra and boreal forest, part of a vast wilderness watershed.

Cliff Bennett is well known for leading canoe groups on rivers in Lanark County. In 2007, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists produced a map/pamphlet illustrating location and highlights of many of these trips. Bennett will be on hand during the evening to answer questions and share stories of these wonderful small rivers “in our back yard”.

Adventure Travels Near & Far is a twice-a-year fundraiser, hosted by Almonte United Church, for Likulezi Project, Africa. The series provides a venue to share travel adventures, and promote respect for environment and people in the world around us, near & far. Ideas/ comments are welcome! Contact Doug Younger-Lewis 613 256-2738

Likulezi Project is a grassroots community care organization providing support to families and orphans affected by AIDS/HIV in Phalombe, Malawi, East Africa. For further information, contact Almonte United Church 613 256-1355 www.almonteunitedchurch.ca