Kayak for a Cause is a non-profit kayaking fundraiser that takes place annually on Long Island Sound on the eastern coast of the United States. A group of several-hundred kayakers cross the Sound from Norwalk, Connecticut to the north shore of Long Island and return as they raise money for local and national charities.
The current route for the crossing is 12.5 miles long and leaves from Calf Pasture Beach in East Norwalk, Connecticut and lands in Crab Meadow Park in Northport, New York. Depending on factors such as tides, current, and wind, the route can take an average paddler between two and four hours to complete.
To participate in the event, the organization requests that paddlers be "comfortable in very open waters", and in reasonably good shape. All first-time participants are required to attend a kayak safety course a few weeks before the launch.
Each year, the KFAC organization picks five charities in Connecticut and Long Island. In 2007, for instance, the charities were the Hole in the Wall Gang, Outward Bound of Connecticut, Cancer Care of Connecticut, Courage to Speak Foundation, a drug prevention organization for children; and Save the Sound, an environmental organization. Paddlers could pick one to sponsor in the past, however, due to the growth of the event over time, it has become more logistically feasible for the board to elect on how to split donations among the selected charities.
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