I get so nervous before I speak or go on TV!!!  Last Friday morning while I was waiting to go on CHCH Morning Live the nerves were crazy!  Then you meet someone like Annette Hamm and get to speak to her on air, and she just made it so easy!  I was still nervous, but as soon as we started talking I could just tell her and the viewers about my book and the swim this summer!  I love going down to CHCH because they are just so nice in Hamilton!!  I also enjoyed my morning on CityTV’s Breakfast TV last month too!

So, I said I was going to talk about my sponsors in my next blog, and that’s what I’m going to do now!  Without my crew and sponsors I can’t even think of doing anything like swimming lakes!  The cost would be just too much!  Of I course have 2 incredible partners in Camp Trillium and Norfolk County, but there are so may other companies and groups that continue to help me and you can find them on my sponsor page!  The Port Dover Power and Sail Squadron, contacted me right away after I announced another swim and wanted to be part!  The help, information and boats that they as a group have supplied is amazing!  Kristen Jerry, our primary contact with the squadron is now the Assistant Manager of the entire swim because she just does everything!!  And she is amazing at it!!  The job that she and Shane Feldman, founder and producer of “Count Me In Canada” and one of Canada’s Top 20 People under 20 Years Old, have done with social media for the swim and book launch is simply incredible!  They know their stuff!  The squadron has supplied 3 very large boats for my swim, as well as a lot of crew members to “man” them!  Back from my Lake Ontario crossing is Captain Chuck McInally and Dr. Bruce Bowyer on the “Chuck Wagin”  Having these guys along again will be so reassuring as they have been through one “battle” with me already!  Bridge Yachts in Port Dover is once again supplying me with the 2 zodiacs I need!  They are soooo nice to me and Ed is such a sweetie :) !  Then there is Clear Blue Sorbents and Martinrea who continue to stand by me!  RE7 keeps me energized and hydrated all the time!  What a blessing it was that they found me 2 years ago!  Media partners like MyFM 98.9 in Norfolk and Sun Media with their Simcoe Reformer outlet are here to make sure that my message about Camp Trillium, helping others, and social change gets out!  Wonderful ongoing sponsorships, with 2nd Ave Printing in Simcoe and the work Jeff Kowalsky does for me, Millea Physio and Roddy’s ongoing support, and Simcoe Dental Clinic and the never ending help of Dr. Fard, are so humbling that sometimes it’s embarrassing how well they treat me!  Same with the Barrel Restaurant who are ALWAYS there to help in the community!  What an amazing group of people they are!  Cindy Chappe and Top Notch Signs and Promotional Products and her tireless ideas for fundraising!  My church family in Courtland, Ontario, Grace Family Bible Fellowship, with their continuous support and love and financial help, as well as the help of groups like the Port Dover Lions and Tillsonburg Seniors!  I saved this one though! Medical Transportation Services out of Mississauga are coming all the way down to the beach at Port Dover to transport me to Norfolk General Hospital after the swim on their own time, and I think that is amazing that they would offer and want to come down here to support what is happening!  There are more coming that are not up on the site yet either…mainly because we don’t know exactly where they will slot in!  For example, the Vittoria Firefighters are on board as a sponsor and we are planning a fundraiser with them…possible in Turkey Point!  There are many other too so stay tuned and see how companies and group want to help others!!  We’ve hardly begun!  If you are interested in sponsoring me and supporting Camp Trillium and kids with cancer and their families, you can either contact me under the “Contact Us” Tab, or there is a sponsorship package you can download on the “Sponsors” page!

I’m just going to leave you with this.  The entire goal of this swim is to get as many people involved in helping others!  Hence my motto “One Drop, Many Ripples!”  The ripple effect of helping others is unbelievable!  Alone I am quite insignificant, but with the help of family, crew, sponsors and YOU, we can make a real difference, not just for Camp trillium, but in a hurting world!  Please help me by becoming one of those “Ripples”!