January 28, 2013 Contact Person: Allison Riggs
Feeding Children Everywhere
For Immediate Release 813.389.3178
Local Adventurer Will Battle the Everglades and Sail to End World Hunger
TAMPA – Mike Barnett, manager at The Galloway Group in Tampa, will be embarking on Water Tribe’s Everglades Challenge on March 2, 2013.
The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes and small boats with a distance of about 300 nautical miles from Fort Desoto Park to Key Largo, with an eight-day time limit.
During the race, Barnett will be promoting Feeding Children Everywhere through decals and banners made for his boat, a 34-year-old, 12.5’ AMF Puffer sailboat named Discovery. He has been promoting FCE via his blog, Clarity Sailing Adventures, as well as his personal social media accounts.
“I’m going to bring some FCE meals along,” Barnett shared. “And cook them at remote camp sites as a demonstration that these meals can indeed be used anywhere you have water and heat.”
Barnett has always had a passion for sailing and has been since he was three. “We had a small, rigid plastic dinghy with a 35 sq. ft. sail,” Barnett recalled. “My dad tethered me to shore with a 100’ line and let me sail.”
For Barnett, the Everglades Challenge is a test for himself and his spirit by pushing himself to not only exceed his self-believed limits, but also to discover how much further past those limits his real limits are. Helping FCE puts an external purpose to what otherwise would have been an internal exercise.
“I think helping others is an important, human thing to do and this is one way I can use my skills to promote a worthy cause,” he shared.
This is not the first time that Barnett entered a race representing a cause. In 2011, he and his wife Susan entered the Everglades Challenge and carried a specially made sail that was made as a signing canvas for people who donated money to Aidric Hunt, an autistic child. Unfortunately, they had to retire from the race due to a developing leak in the boat.
“I will be carrying Aidric’s sail again this year,” he said and is committed to reach the end of the course this year.
ABOUT FEEDING CHILDREN EVERYWHERE
Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) is a social charity based in Orlando, Fla. The FCE concept was launched in 2010 and their mission is to empower and mobilize people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. The driving mission is to mobilize individuals from all walks of life, empowering them to answer the need to end hunger through their own personal actions. Meal-packaging events show fundraising groups that they are having a tangible impact on the hunger crisis, as their involvement makes distribution possible. The food is provided at no cost to local organizations in the U.S. and in different regions around the world. To date, the FCE team has mobilized 50,000 people and shipped more than nine million meals worldwide. Please visit www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com to learn more.