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Bob's Birthday and Charity Paddle

From: user 1.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:11 PM

On Saturday, July 28, 2012, Bob Cianflone is celebrating his 55th Birthday at the following event:  Flatwater Kayak Trip on the Potomac River with Barbecue on the River Bank.  Here is the event link:


It has been Bob’s goal to teach people the healing power of the outdoors, specifically of the river.   In doing this, Bob has been touching and changing people’s lives for over 20 years, from working at area outfitters as a guide to leading his own year-round kayaking group of over 500 paddlers.  Accordingly, in lieu of gifts, the Over 40 and Kicking It Up Adventure and Social Club is holding his Birthday Paddle on the People’s River on Saturday to aide those thousands of children throughout the world who have no hope of ever living normal lives.  Bob was adamant in saying that he did not want anything given to him.

On behalf of Bob, I would like to suggest that we once again Paddle for a Purpose on that day, by making a donation to Smile Train:


Unlike many charities that do many different things, Smile Train's mission is focused on solving a single problem:  Cleft lip or cleft palate.  Here are videos showing the success stories.  Wang Li’s story is one that brings tears to many people’s eyes:


Smile Train, even won an Academy Award for making the best short documentary, entitled Smile Pinki:


Clefts are a major problem in developing countries, where there are thousands of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts.  Most cannot eat or speak properly.  They aren't allowed to attend school or hold a job.  And they face very difficult lives, filled with shame, isolation, pain, and heartache.  Their clefts usually go untreated because they are poor - too poor to pay for a simple surgery that has been around for decades.  Due to a defect that was no fault of theirs, these children are ridiculed and mistreated all their lives.  But we can help.


So that we can do something good in a small yet practical way, I am organizing the collection for these children at Bob’s Birthday Paddle on July 28,2012, but please know that all of our members can take a part in this act, not only those who are paddling and coming to the post-paddle barbecue along the river.   So please consider bringing a check made out to Smile Train and bring it with you to Bob’s Birthday Paddle or send by mail to me at:


Sarabeth Rodriguez

5692 Singletree Drive

Frederick, Maryland  21703


This donation is fully tax-deductible.  I will be collecting donations at the event and by mail, and will forward all of them to the organization.  I will post a notice after the event to announce how much money we raised for this worthy cause.  Please DO NOT BRING OR SEND CASH – checks are easier and safer and serve as a record.  Make the check out to Smile Train and list it as a fully deductible charity in your records.


Of course, donations are not mandatory, and Bob will still rescue you from the river if you need help, whether you donated or not.  This is merely a suggestion for a very worthy cause, one where you actually see the results as the children operated on are publicized by the organization.  This event is not an official Smile Train fundraising event, but a volunteer effort.


We did similar endeavors in the past, and contributed to an anti-slavery movement as well as to a support group for wounded military members, and it was a great feeling to see how generous and altruistic the good people in this Meetup truly are.  It makes one proud to be a part of this first-rate group of people, who are so ready to think of the plight of others.  If you have any questions, you may e-mail me at:   [address removed]


Thank you kindly for your support and contribution, whether or not you are joining us for the July 28th kayak trip and barbecue (although we hope you can make that as well).


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