The Canadian Wildlife Federation is calling on Canadians to embrace outdoor adventures in 2013 and is kicking off the New Year with the launch of an incredible trans-Atlantic rowing expedition from Dakar to Miami.
“The Canadian Wildlife Federation Africa to Americas Expedition is going to be one wild adventure, and we extend our appreciation and best wishes to the four young rowers who will be spending the first three months of 2013 on the water to raise awareness of marine conservation,” says Wade Luzny, CEO Executive Vice-President of CWF. “We are also inviting Canadians to get outdoors and active in solidarity with these adventurers through the CWF website YourWildAdventure.ca.”
The CWF Africa to Americas Expedition is set to begin around Jan. 10, 2013, International Year of Water Co-operation. The public will be able to follow the OAR Northwest rowing team’s progress online via a GPS tracker and a data map featuring daily wind, ship and water conditions. If successful, the team will set a world record as the first rowers to cross the Atlantic from mainland West Africa to mainland North America.
Canadian Olympic Gold Medallist Adam Kreek is one of the rowers attempting the 6,700 kilometre Atlantic crossing. The thought of seeing his family again will keep him motivated to row from continent to continent for conservation.
“I am literally rowing to see my child in Miami,” Kreek says. “In the process, I aim to learn more about the planet that we are leaving for our kids. I want my son to have the same opportunity as I have had to see wild and mysterious sights.“
YourWildAdventure.ca includes a list of featured species as well as the call to action for Canadians to make their own new years resolutions to embrace outdoor adventures and conservation commitments.
“CWF believes in human power. We believe that these four young men can row across the Atlantic to raise awareness of the danger the world’s oceans are in. We believe you care too, and can help us spread the message,” Luzny says.
With more than 300,000 supporters, CWF is one of the oldest and largest conservation organizations in Canada. The CWF Africa to Americas Expedition is the first in a series of CWF’s new public engagement initiatives for 2013.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By improving knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering programs, recommending policy changes and cooperating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca