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Clayton Firefighters Paddling for Pennies Two Men Take on Grueling River Trek for Charity


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Firefighters like water.  It's the biggest weapon in their arsenal.  But from April 22nd to the 27th, two Clayton Firefighters are going to get a whole new appreciation for cool, rushing water.

Fellow firefighters and veterans Allen Williford and Paul Zias are about to attempt to paddle the Neuse River for 193 miles from Falls Lake in Raleigh to New Bern in 5 and a half days. That's half the state in less than a week! And it means paddling at least 35 miles a day - including in the dark of night.

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They will be raising money for two foundations: The North Carolina Fallen Fireman Foundation(NCFFF) and Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families(FFAAFF). All proceeds will be divided between the two charities. For more information about these organizations and to donate, please visit the website at www.ffaaff.org.

"Being a first responder means everything," said Williford.  "It means you hug your spouse and children a little differently before and after work. It means you live to a new standard: you’re viewed, you’re watched, and you are loved. Sometimes you receive a “thank you,” but even when you don't you still remember that moral agreement you made, whatever it takes to get the job done, whatever it takes.

So many members of our first responder family and our military service brothers and sisters have done whatever it took. Many are not with us anymore but in remembrance of them I take on this quest. We honor them by donating to these two foundations - hoping we all go to work never needing their assistance.

Firefighter logo 2Please consider joining this effort to make a difference. These two dedicated Clayton Firefighters are asking for donations in the amount of just one penny per mile paddled. Other amounts are welcomed. All donations are tax-deductible.
Willford and Zais will be at the WalMart in Clayton (805 Town Centre Blvd) on Saturday and Sunday April 13th and 14th to help collect donations and support.  They'll have T-shirts for sale, drop a penny in a jar for them, or just come by and wish them luck!  

Check out Williford's blog at http://paddlingforpennies.blogspot.com/

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