A Cayman Islands bar manager is planning to paddle 400 miles across Canada – the third time he has done the trip to raise money for foster children.
Jasmin “Yaz” Muratagic is planning a repeat of his epic journey across lakes and rivers in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Mr. Muratagic completed similar trips in 2013 and 2014 along with his friend Chad Guenter, a Canadian firefighter.
Paddling for up to nine hours a day through breathtaking scenery and camping by the water’s edge at night, the two men aim to complete the journey in nine days
Last year Mr. Muratagic raised just over $5,000 for the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
He is organizing a paddle board day on July 11, as well as selling T-shirts and hosting trivia and bingo nights over the next two months to raise sponsorship funds for the upcoming trip.
Mr. Muratagic, who works as a bar manager for JLC Restaurant Group, which includes Lone Star, Craft and Dukes, is currently training by paddling five times a week in Cayman.
He says completing the 400-mile journey will be more about endurance than speed.
He said, “I’m out as often as I can be, just ripping it up and down Seven Mile Beach. It is not a race, it is a marathon. You just have to put your head down and paddle. I’m usually out for a couple of hours at a time.
He said his main aim is to raise awareness and money for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.
“They are doing an excellent job there looking after these kids, and I wanted to raise some money to help them. They do all the hard work, I just paddle around.”
His main sponsors included Keith High, Marcus Cumber, Nik Tatarkin and Martin Laidlaw, with support from Epic Day Entertainment, Kiristen Cousins of Waterman and SUP Cayman and Martin Van Zyl D’Signs.