Maine Woman Kayaking From Portland To Guatemala
Deborah Walters loves to kayak, so much so that the 63 year old woman from Troy, Maine, launched from a beach in Portland this past Sunday for a 2,500 mile journey to Guatemala.
But she's also raising money for the children of the Central American country.
Nine years ago as a member Safe Passage, a Maine based non-profit group, Walters saw the poverty and the struggle of families rummaging through a dump while trying to survive.
Before her trip Walters told the Portland Press Herald, "I had a chance to talk to some of the mothers and they were saying how they just wish that their children could go to school and learn to read and have a better life. That simple dream broke my heart, so I knew I had to do something to help.”
Deborah Walters will be video taping her trip and field testing gear from L.L. Bean. The trip should take her close to a year to complete.
According to the SafePassage.org website, "Deborah Walters is the former Safe Passage Board President and former President of Unity College. Deborah is an avid adventurer and award winning solo kayaker who has paddled the arctic and beyond. She is an active Rotarian and frequent public speaker."