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Brothers Portaging Across Canada in Winnipeg Today

July 22, 2011 7:26 AM | News

Frank and Jeff Kitching with their 42 canoe in PEI. The brothers will be in Winnipeg Friday as part of their cross-Canada effort to fundraise for ALS societies across the country. (FACEBOOK)

Two brothers who are portaging from St. John’s to Victoria will be in Winnipeg this morning as part of their fundraising efforts to support ALS societies across Canada.

Frank and Jeff Kitching are carrying the 14-foot canoe cross-country in memory of their father, Wayne, who passed away from ALS in 2008.

“I know what you’re wondering,” Frank said in a statement. “What in the world could make them do this? And why a canoe? The answer — it’s something our father would have loved to hear about, and would have loved to do. We are doing this for Dad. As for the canoe, well, it’s quintessentially Canadian and the challenge of portaging Canada would have made Dad laugh. His spirit of adventure will be with us as we portage this great nation.”

The brothers will land at the ALS Society of Manitoba’s office, 493 Madison Street, at 9 a.m. to speak with clients and anyone else who would like to support their cause.

“Maybe we will meet families with a member suffering from ALS, maybe we’ll meet people at campgrounds with stories of their own to share, we know we will meet as strangers, we hope we will part as friends,” Frank added.

They are also looking for rides from destination to destination, which will take them to Meadowlark Campground in Brandon next.

You can track their adventure on Twitter by following @42Canoe, on their Facebook page or website at 42Canoe.ca.