- Posted April 7, 2012 by
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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Record-breaking "Doggie Paddle 1200" to Benefit Shelter Animals Launches in New Jersey
There is a blurry line between determined and crazy. In the case of Jerry Andrejcak and Ed Witt, that line gets crossed somewhere in the neighborhood of 750 miles during their “Doggie Paddle 1200”. Jerry and Ed are attempting to kayak all the way from Phillipsburg, New Jersey to Daytona Beach, Florida to help raise funds for Common Sense for Animals, a local animal shelter in New Village, New Jersey as well as raise awareness for non-funded, no-kill shelters in the US.
At 7:30am on Saturday, April 7, many of their friends and supporters of Common Sense for Animals showed up at the free bridge in Phillipsburg, New Jersey to see Jerry and Ed off. With temperatures in the mid 30s it wasn’t exactly comfortable to be outside. Fortunately for Jerry and Ed, it will be in the 80s where they’re going – it will just take three weeks to get there.
And the "1200"? 750 miles is the current record for the longest distance paddled in a recreational kayak. Jerry and Ed plan to paddle 1,200 miles. Why? For the animals or course! Jerry put it simply, “Common Sense for Animals receives no government funding for their work. The shelter operates solely on donations and fundraisers.” To place even more pressure on themselves, the team will also attempt to break a second record - for the most miles paddled in a 24-hour period in a kayak on flowing water, which is 269.71 miles, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Jerry and Ed have already raised over $10,000 with hopes to reach $50,000 by the time they land in Daytona.
While the nonprofit has operated for the past 21 years below the national radar, Jerry has hopes his trip will bring awareness to all no-kill shelters as well as “put Common Sense for Animals on the map.” He and Ed have taken three weeks away from their regular life to attempt their journey. As they were about to get on the water, Ed said proudly, “I’m paddling 1,200 miles for the animals! What are you doing today?”
CSA is proud of the fact every adoptable animal that comes into their care gets a chance to find a family. As Warren County New Jersey’s only no-kill shelter, Common Sense for Animals has cared for thousands of animals before they find a home, and they do – over 1,500 every year.
If you would like to learn more about Jerry and Ed’s “Doggie Paddle 1200” adventure or donate to their cause, please visit http://www.commonsenseforanimals.org. Regular updates from their trip will be posted on Common Sense for Animals’ Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Common-Sense-for-Animals/205416516153059.
For more information about Common Sense for Animals, please contact Ellie at the Common Sense for Animals shelter in New Village, New Jersey at (908)859-3060.