World Paddle For the Planet comes to South Walton

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Bob Purdy on his SUP board.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

Environmentalist Bob Purdy is bringing his World Paddle For the Planet to the beautiful beaches of South Walton next weekend.

Purdy has been on his standup paddle board and surfed every day on his Lake Okanagan since Jan. 1, 2011 in his one man effort to change the way we live on the planet.

After completing a year of paddling in 2012 last June, Purdy founded the World Paddle For the Planet event in his hometown of Kelowna , B.C.

South Walton's Leslie Kolovich traveled to Canada last June to meet Purdy and be a part of this paddle. Joan Vienot accompanied her to video and document the event. The women invited Purdy to come to South Walton and hold this year's event here. He agreed.

World Paddle For the Planet will be held over four days, Oct. 10-13, with activities for children, adults, and families and paddling taking place on Lake Powell at Carillon Beach.

Purdy will do a 24-hour paddle on Saturday, and invites others to join him in the endeavor. If you can't do the entire 24 hours, do what you can, said Vienot.

World Paddle For the Planet's mission is to motivate people to make informed personal and political choices with the intention of conserving and preserving the planet’s resources and environmental health through education to raise awareness and together send the message to “be the change you want to see.”

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