One Square Mile of Hope seeks volunteers for September 24th event

One Square Mile of Hope 2008 participants Paula Stanton and Connie Perry with Preston Trumbauer and dog Shelby. Event organizers are hoping to log a new record on September 24, again on Fourth Lake at Inlet. Photo by Carolyn Belknap

Since last October, The One Square Mile of Hope 2011(OSM-2011) Committee has been avidly working on its September 24 attempt to break the world record for the most canoes and kayaks assembled in a floating raft.

They are seeking to regain Inlet’s place in the Guinness Book of World Records following last summer’s successful feat in Pittsburg, PA.

Would we like to break the Guinness record again and wrest the title from Pittsburgh? Of course we would.

But more important is our goal to raise at least $65,000 to donate to “Susan G. Komen For the Cure” to enable continuing breast cancer education and research.

But we need your help.

With a goal of attracting 2,000 boats and 3,000 participants there are many volunteer positions to fill.

Among them are:

1. People to man the registration tables on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24.

2. Parking attendants.

3. Launch point assistants. The boats will be assigned put-in points at 12 venues around the head of 4th Lake from the Holl’s Inn property on the South Shore Road to Eagle Bay.

These launch points all need several people to direct the paddlers and to assist those who need help transferring their boats to the water.

4. Food servers and cashiers.

5. General Factotums. We need people who can just be there to do a myriad of odd jobs that suddenly need doing and to give breaks to those who are involved in the above activities.

We are also in need of eight (8) party barges.

When the boats assemble for the record-breaking attempt at noon, each boat must stop at a party barge to pick up a numbered sticker to enable us to get an accurate count.

Anyone who would like to help out for an hour or two by donating the use of their party barge can give us a call at (315) 357-5501.

You’re probably thinking that if you’ve registered to participate, you can’t do anything else. NOT TRUE!

Many tasks need to be taken care of before and following the actual record attempt.

You can help out and still be assured of being on the water at noon.

Call the Inlet Information Office at (315) 357-5501 or email: to sign up.



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