Kayak for the Warriors raises money for Veterans


Pine Knoll Shores, CARTERET COUNTY - Hundreds of kayakers and paddle boarders raced through the waters of Pine Knoll Shores, all for a good cause.

This year was the 10th anniversary of the fundraiser, where participants weaved though 3.5 miles of canals and open water, raising thousands of dollars. Event organizers say the race grows every year.

"What started nine years ago with eight kayakers, and they brought in 700 dollars, has now grown to today we have 150 kayakers and paddle boarders", said Jean McDanal, Coordinator for Kayak for the Warriors.

The charity was founded at Camp Lejeune to help veterans and military members to adjust to life at home. Last year they were able to raise $68,000, and this year they are hoping to break $70,000. For some participants, the kayaking alone was enough to get involved but the good cause made it even better.

"Honestly I'd be kayaking either way but I thought if you could get sponsors and raise money for a good cause and have a great time you just can't beat that," Jennifer Defosse, a kayaker.

However for the people of Pine Knoll Shores, the race goes beyond just kayaking. "The community just wants to keep it going. We love doing it and we want to continue to support it," said Michelle Powers, a Pine Knoll Shores resident.

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