Spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner! That means it’s time to start trying on those swimsuits and dusting off the water-toys in preparation of a great summer of boating and watersport activities.
What better way to kick of the summer season than to join the Greenwich community for the 2nd Emsway Walk for Boating Safety at Tod’s Point Park in Old Greenwich, CT on May 21, 2017.
The Emsway Walk for Boating Safety is sponsored by the Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation (ECFF) and has quickly become one of the area’s premier events for raising boating and water-sport safety awareness – especially for our younger boating and watersport participants.
The inspiration for this event was born of a boating related family tragedy. As many of you may know, Emily Fedorko of Old Greenwich passed away at the tender age of 16 after a tubing related accident on Long Island Sound.
The Emsway Walk event was created by the Fedorko family to both honor and celebrate Emily’s memory and spirit as well as to educate the adults and youth of our community as to how to behave in a socially responsible and safe manner when out enjoying watersports.
Last year the Emsway Walk was very well attended, despite some rainy weather, with over 500 friends attending. It is our hope that this month’s walk is able to exceed that level of participation.
The 2 mile walk around Tod’s Point will begin at 10am from the park’s clambake area and all walk participants will receive a free life vest or flotation cushion (while supplies last) in addition to a T-Shirt commemorating the event. At the conclusion of the walk, friends can gather back at the clambake area and catch up and share stories about Emily, friendships or a shared passion for boating, watersports and the water - all while enjoying refreshments from Chicken Joe’s Food Truck and a generous local shellfish raw bar provided by the Greenwich Shellfish Commission.
There is a nominal registration contribution required in order to participate in the walk ($15 pre-walk/$20 at the event); and, all proceeds raised by the ECFF will be used to continue to fund education and awareness programs relating to boating and watersport safety throughout our community.
If you can’t make it out to support Emsway at the Walk and want to learn more about boating and watersport safety, you can stay informed regarding the ECFF’s current activities by visiting the Emsway website where there are a number of helpful educational articles and towing safety videos that you can share with your family. Also – consider making a contribution when you are there – the ECFF is committed to continuing its work to enhance our community’s knowledge of recreational boating and boating safety as well as hopefully preventing future injuries among our growing community of young watersport enthusiasts.
So please, come join the Fedorko family, friends and neighbors for this great event to raise awareness for boating safety and celebrate the life and legacy of Emily Fedorko - one of our community’s bright lights.