For Immediate Release
New York, NY — September 20, 2010
On September 25th, 2010, offManhattan.com, the New Yorker’s Green! Travel Guide, will be holding the first annual Paddle for Our Planet (POP!) charity kayaking event. Paddle for Our Planet’s mission is to promote awareness and provide support to various Earth-friendly causes each year, while getting New Yorkers off the island, into kayaks and out on the water. offManhattan is proud to be partnering with Manhattan Kayak, which has generously donated a number of their single and double kayaks, and Outdoor Bound, which will be providing the guides for our trip. For this year’s event, a team of 27 will be kayaking an eight-mile trip along the Hudson River.
In light of the BP oil spill in April, and the disastrous effects it is still having on wildlife—every species from pelicans to turtles to fish and dolphins—proceeds will be going to the National Wildlife Federation, to support their relief efforts in the Gulf. CNN.com reports that 3,634 dead birds have been collected so far. POP! will use the donations to help such wildlife as the oil-ravaged birds and restore the fragile ecosystem in the Gulf before it’s too late. Participants are responsible for helping raise funds for the cause, and it is estimated that over $5,000 will be raised for this first annual event.
In addition to the kayaking event, Paddle for Our Planet is also hosting a benefit this Wednesday, September 22nd, from 8pm to 11pm, at POLAR (201 East 24 Street at 3rd Ave). Attendees donating $20 will receive a complimentary drink and entrance into the raffle; prizes include a getaway to Crystal Springs Resort, a Whitewater Rafting trip on the Lehigh River, Brewed in Brooklyn tour tickets, and round trip travel on Megabus to various East Coast destinations. If you cannot attend, donations are appreciated, and can be made on Paddle for Our Planet’s donation page.