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‘Kayak For Kids’ Raises Thousands Of Dollars Of Support For The Queen Louise Home For Children

KAYAK FOR KIDS: The annual fundraiser for the Queen Louise Home for Children sponsored by Lutheran Social Services of the V.I. was a tremendous success again this year, according to organizers of the event.

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FREDERIKSTED – Every summer, the “Kayak for Kids” fundraiser for the Queen Louise Home for Children has been a fun-filled, summertime tradition for teenagers and adults on St. Croix.

Individuals on stand up paddle boards and kayaks navigate the waters from Cane Bay Beach to Fort Frederik Beach, paddling around the majestic scenery of Hams Bluff.

The excursion for a great cause gives the community a chance to appreciate the wonderful northwest side of the island of St. Croix, and the summer event has raised over $240,000 since 1999 for the children at Queen Louise Home.

All participants are encouraged to help raise money for the Queen Louise Home, and a prize will be awarded to the person who can rally the most sponsorships.

There is a $50 registration fee per participant, and donations can be made on-site during registration on the day of the event.

Experienced paddlers are welcome to start the long course from Cane Bay Beach. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and group departure at 11:00 a.m.

There will be a rest stop at Hams Bay at 12:00 p.m. where paddlers avoiding the wind and waves of Hams Bluff join for the second leg of the course.

Hams Bay registration begins at 12:00 pm and group departure at 1:00 p.m.  The event will finish with a picnic party at Fort Frederik Beach.

All event proceeds directly support Queen Louise Home for Children on St. Croix – a residential foster care program that provides a home with love and care to children in the Virgin Islands who have been abused, abandoned, neglected or have severe disabilities and special medical needs.

The 18th Annual Kayak for Kids will be a special occasion as all the founders of the event will be joining in the fun. Julio “JT” Torres and Angie Morales, longtime supporters of Queen Louise Home and owners of Villa Morales Restaurant, will be joined by Ryan Stutzman, who was one of the first paddlers to take to the water in 1999.

Torres and Morales have been involved with the Queen Louise Home for over 30 years, and have spearheaded fundraising efforts with former board president of Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands, Luther Edwards. This year, they have garnered over $11,000 in support so far.

Lutheran Social Services is responsible for raising over $600,000 to ensure vulnerable children, seniors and adults with disabilities in the Virgin Islands have a safe space to call home.

For more information about participating in the 18th Annual Kayak for Kids, please call Lutheran Social Services at 772-4099 ext. 24 or email info@lssvi.org

Lutheran Social Services of the V. I., Inc. is the largest private child and family services agency in the Virgin Islands with five housing complexes for low income seniors and adults with disabilities; a safe haven for neglected, abused and severely disabled children; and two 24-hour residential care facilities for adults with disabilities unable to live independently.

Early Head Start and AmeriCorps are also programs of LSSVI.

Lutheran Social Services of the V. I., Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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