The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association is in need of volunteers who can donate their time and boats to the group’s 2013 Take-A-Kid Fishing Day.
The event, now in its 16th year, serves to get kids—many from inner-city areas—on the water, some of them for the first time in their lives. Each year, 75 to 90 boaters take part in this event and treat over 300 kids from various organizations to a morning of fishing and a huge cookout afterwards.
RISAA president Steve Medeiros put out his latest call for help on Thursday after having to cancel the trip for one group of kids. “For the first time in 15 years of running Take A Kid Fishing, I had to call one of the groups and tell them sorry, we have to cancel your kids,” said Medeiros. “It didn’t go over well. The leader said some of these kids had been looking forward to this for months. I explained the lack of boats this year and that we were so far under the needed boat count there would be no way we would fit their kids in. By Tuesday I will need to make that decision again and will have to make a few more calls. It’s a hard call to make, but we have to lower the number of kids that get to go fishing to match the available boats.”
Boats of 18′ or larger are welcome, and volunteers need not be RISAA members.
All fishing takes place in Greenwich Bay.
Video: 2012 Take-A-Kid Fishing Day
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