Released On: July 01, 2013
C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with disabilities and terminal illnesses an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside " initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier.
"It is a great event for the kids," said Shari Kohlbecker of the Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Regional Office. "For some of them, it is their first fishing experience. It is also a wonderful opportunity for volunteers who do so much to make this event a huge success for these children."
The children range in age from 7-16 years old and have a variety of physical and/or developmental disabilities and some may suffer with a terminal illness. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat, Kohlbecker said.
Volunteers from the Central Oregon BASS Club will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The state bass anglers societies work under the umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.
The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch donated by Brothers' Family Diner, The Dawg House, Grocery Outlet of Prineville, Eberhard's Dairy of Redmond, and hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Prineville. The Crook County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue units will be assisting with parking, traffic control and marine patrol.
Other donor-friendly groups this year are Ray's Food Place in Prineville, Starbucks in Prineville, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in Bend, and Wholesale Sports in Bend. New donors and volunteers are needed and encouraged to participate.
Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Central Oregon Bass Club, Kiwanis Club of Prineville, and Crook County Sheriff's Office.
For more information about the July 7 event or the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Shari Kohlbecker, Regional Coordinator at (208) 378-5050 or visit http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/. In case of rain, the event will be canceled.
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