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Old 12-15-2005   #1
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Can you donate a spare kayak paddle for a great cause?

I'm headed to Ecuador in late Jan 2006 and part of my mission in Ecuador is supporting the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute, ERI. This organization is worthwhile, and is actively making a difference in Ecuador.
Matt Terry runs ERI and after paddling with Matt and spending time seeing how ERI works in Ecuador, I can vouch for how cool of an organization this is, and how much of a real difference ERI is making with the people of Ecuador and the overall awareness of watersheds in Ecuador.

This years Rio Napo festival 13-15 Jan, and the growth of the river conservation movement in Ecuador are coming together to get more indigenous and city folks involved with paddling, learning to paddle and preserving the unique watersheds of Ecuador. The threats to these amazing watersheds are many, and our task is large.

IF you have a spare kayak paddle that you could donate to ERI, please let
me know and lets do whats necessary to get the paddles to me to take down with me this year. Departing 23 Jan 2006.

The paddles will go toward ERI's paddling program teaching kayaking to Ecuadorian youth and adults.

Craig I

more details at:
http://www.kayakecuador.com (follow links to ERI)
If you are interested in donating a paddle to help the purposes of ERI? - contact Craig I[/url]

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Old 12-18-2005   #2
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I have a Paddle that I will donate to this cause or any other cause that could benefit a new kayaker. A hand made wood PotHole paddle. Call 303 229 0070. I also have other gear That I may be able donate as well.

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Old 12-19-2005   #3
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great! thanks

Thanks to both of you.
The kayak will be too much though, as my gear space is limited bigtime.
The spare paddle is the only thing really that I can take.
IF you should plan a trip to Ecuador and wish to bring some extra gear for paddlers in dire need of it down there, I can get you to the guy who will make sure it goes to those folks and programs in need.
Thanks so much for the generous responses!
The Colorado paddling community is so awesome!
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Old 12-19-2005   #4
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Yo Craig,

I've got a kid's paddle to donate.
Any buzzards heading between Durango and the FR before mid January?
Please contact me or Craig via PM.


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