Rocky Mount Kayaker will Paddle 220 Miles to raise $14,000 for Red Cross

EASTERN, NC, May 9, 2013 Starting in Coinjock and ending in Surf City, Larry Williamson will navigate 220 miles along the inner coastal waterways of NC with his kayak and a few supplies. On May 18th, Williamson will embark on his adventure that will take approximately 12 days and 73 hours of paddling.  His goal is to raise $14,000 to support the American Red Cross as part of the Eastern NC Heroes Campaign.

“I heard so many stories from so many individuals about how the Red Cross was the first one there to help when they personally needed it – this touched me,” recalls Williamson. “It moved me to want to do something personal to support such a worthwhile effort and the Heroes Campaign is a great opportunity to do that.”

‘Heroes’ for the American Red Cross is a grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign that gives community members the chance to make a big, lasting difference. Heroes pledge to raise $1,000 or more for the Red Cross during the campaign. Heroes can raise the money personally, as an organization, or by hosting a fundraising event.

“Having a passion for the coast and water activities, I decided I could combine my desire to support the Red Cross efforts and my passion for the water,” said Williamson.

Williamson will kayak through 15 coastal counties of NC that are often victim to flooding and storm damage.  In addition to large disasters like Hurricane Irene, the 2011 spring tornadoes, and Superstorm Sandy, the Eastern NC Region of the American Red Cross has responded to hundreds of home fires every year that affected thousands of local residents.

“I have become increasing aware of just how many lives volunteers and members of the Red Cross touch on a daily basis,” remarked Williamson.  “You cannot help but be touched by the commitment and the sincere desire of these individuals to be there for others when they need it the most”.

Williamson resides in Rocky Mount with his wife Carolyn and is a proud board member for the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter of the American Red Cross in Rocky Mount.  He has always had a passion for water and water activities of all kinds and has been paddling for 40 years.

“As our Heroes Campaign Chair, Larry was not willing to lead in voice alone,” said Lynwood Roberson, CEO for the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter of the American Red Cross. “He is leading with action by making a 14 day kayaking trek along the inner coastal waterways to raise funds that will be used to help us carryout the Red Cross mission.”

“We are proud to have Larry as one of our leadership volunteers in Rocky Mount,” said Roberson.

Find out more about Larry Williamson’s Kayak Fundraiser or visit Larry Williamson’s Personal Fundraising Page.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at


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