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Passionate paddlers set out to cross Canada


Trans CanEAUdaEvery now and again you hear about something that highlights the compelling power of human determination. When I think about the power of passion for a cause, eight friends from Ottawa and their Trans CanEAUda project comes to mind. 

Trans CanEAUda is a group of 22-24 year olds from across Canada, based in Ottawa, who will be leaving at the end of the month on an ambitious cross-Canada canoe expedition. The group will be paddling in a northwesterly direction across the country, attempting to reach Inuvik, by early October 2011. Motivated by a desire to challenge themselves and to raise awareness on watershed conservation, the intrepid team has decided to support CPAWS and the Ottawa Riverkeeper in this 7000km endeavor. They hope to raise $7000 in support of watershed conservation: $1 for every kilometer paddled.

This type of leadership in environmental conservation and awareness has not only caught my attention but also the attention of the press. Check out their article in the Ottawa Metro  daily newspaper and their segment on CBC (19:40 mark)!

If you want to learn more about this passionate and dynamic group, visit their website. If you're in Ottawa, you can also cheer them on as they set out on the first day of their voyage from Westboro Beach on Saturday, April 30th around 4PM. Earlier that day the group will be attending the Spring Runoff Festival from 9am-4pm, hosted by Trailhead and located at 1960 Scott St.