The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 10, 2013

Kayakers raise $1,500 for children's hospital at Geisinger

By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item

— RIVERSIDE — Roughly 75 kayakers raised approximately $1,500 for Danville’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital through a Susquehanna River trek.

Participants paid $20 for registration for Sunday’s trip, called “River Day,” all of which went to the children’s hospital. Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network hosted the event, now in its ninth year, with kayak rentals and safety instruction provided by the Riverside Adventure Company.

Everyone was required to bring their own personal flotation device. Kayak rentals were available for those that did not have one. Danville restaurant Brews N Bytes sold refreshments at the trip’s starting point for people to take along.

The paddlers disembarked at around 1 p.m., at Bloomsburg’s Town Park and got off on dry land between 4 and 5 p.m. at the Riverside Adventure Company. In all, the kayakers covered 12 miles of the Susquehanna River.

“It was a wonderful, beautiful day,” said Peter Fleming, president of Riverside’s borough council, who joined the trip. There were no troubles on the water, he said, aside from one couple whose kayak flipped early on but were not hurt.

“It was a perfect day for it,” added kayaker Marty Walzer, a volunteer for Children’s Miracle Network. The weather was in the 80s for most of the day.

While there were a few newcomers, the majority were repeat participants, with some having made the trek five to six times before, said Dave Decoteau, owner of Riverside Adventure Company.  

“A lot of people come back,” he said. The reasons are simple, he says — the kayak trip is for a good cause, there’s almost always good weather and it gets people outdoors in the summer.

“What else could you want on a Sunday?” Decoteau asked.