In May of 2017 I successfully paddled my outrigger canoe – OC1 – 61 kilometers from Nanaimo to Vancouver in 8 hours and 19 minutes and raised $3,345.00 for Charles Dickens Elementary School. The adventure also included a very important message to the students of Charles Dickens on how setting goals and stepping outside our comfort zones can be a positive life changing journey for our lives and others we inspire along the way.
The fundraiser was a great success and this is why I have taken on another challenge for Take A Hike Foundation. In May of 2019 I will attempt to paddle my OC1 outrigger canoe 73 kilometers from Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island to Vancouver in 10 hours or less. This will be the longest and most challenging distance I have aver attempted on my OC1 outrigger canoe. My commitment to take on this adventure will involve 6 months of ocean and land training in all types of weather.
My goal is to raise funds for Take A Hike Foundation and to inspire others along the way. I have been a supporter of Take A Hike Foundation since 2016 and I am a strong believer in their philosophy that utilizes the outdoors and adventure to engage vulnerable youth in school, community and mental health supports.
I solo open ocean OC 1 (outrigger) paddled 38 miles from Nanaimo to Vancouver in 8 hours to raise money for education and inspire the students of Charles Dickens Elementary School.
The event involved me speaking to the students of Charles Dickens Elementary School on how goal setting, adventure and stepping outside our comfort zone can be a positive life changing journey for our lives. The fundraising campaign was a success and a total of $3,343.00 was raised for education (100 percent of all donations went to Charles Dickens Elementary School).
The crossing was a great success that involved 6 months of preparation and training. The students and staff were able to follow me via satellite communication throughout the day. For more information on this event you may go to my Facebook Page Don Urquhart – Solo OC1 Georgia Strait Crossing.
As a husband and a father I strongly believe in community and a safe environment for our children. The Kids Safe Project provides nurturing and safe havens for vulnerable inner city children when schools are traditionally closed.
I am committed to donating 1% of my income to The Kids Safe Project.
To learn more please click on the link: http://www.kidsafe.ca/
Two videos that speak to the need for and impact of Kids Safe programs:
Youth at Risk Foundation
Having the opportunity to travel the world with my sports has had a long lasting positive impact on my life. I was able to work with many different cultures and individuals from all backgrounds. I learned that education through outdoor adventure can have a positive effect that transcends in all areas of our lives.
This is why I commit to donating 1% of my income to the Take a Hike Foundation.
To learn more please click on the link: http://www.takeahikefoundation.org/en/program/about
I believe it is important to give back to our communities and to those who work hard for others in need. This is why I regularly donate sporting equipment to the kids programs at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in Vancouver.