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Annual kayak paddle raising funds for family of fallen NC deputy

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Paddling For Pennies is an annual 193-mile kayak paddle down the Neuse River that raises money for a specific cause or organization each year; it’s underway now and is raising funds for the family of Wayne County Deputy Matt Fishman.

Paddling For Pennies is an annual 193-mile kayak paddle down the Neuse River that raises money for a specific cause or organization each year; it’s underway now and is raising funds for the family of Wayne County Deputy Matt Fishman.

Fishman was shot and killed in the line of duty while serving involuntary commitment papers in August.

The nonprofit began in 2013 by two North Carolina firefighters who wanted to provide emotional, physical and financial support for first responders, active-duty military and veterans experiencing hardships.

They are asking people to pledge at least a penny per mile, or $1.93.

The paddle is expected to wrap up in New Bern on Sunday at around noon.

Donations can be made via Facebook HERE.

The nonprofit is also holding an online fundraiser for the event HERE.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.