Friday, March 12, 2010

row for water

Imagine being by yourself for two and a half months.  Rowing a boat. In the ocean. Again, by yourself.  Crazy, right?  A young woman named Katie Spotz is doing just that, and she's set to finish her journey this weekend in Guyana.  I've been following Katie's blog Row For Water and on Twitter @KatieSpotz and I cannot comprehend rowing upwards of 60 miles a day, by yourself, every day for two months.  I am just amazed at her positivity and presence of mind during all of her blog updates, and I look forward to them every day.

Katie is rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, from Dakar, Senegal to Guyana to raise awareness for the need for clean drinking water across the globe.  It's an even more important message after the Haitian earthquakes, and some of the money she's raised has already made a difference there.  She hit her goal of $60,000 today, and a generous donor is matching the next $5,000 of donations made before she hits land.  According to Blue Planet Run, the foundation Katie is raising money for, $30 can provide a lifetime of drinking water for one person.  That's my water bill for one month!

Again, I am just floored by the strength, endurance, and tenacity of people to endure extreme challenges like this, especially someone so young and focused. Great job, Katie Spotz!

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