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Ian’s story: 1,300 kilometers of sailing for nature

The last year or so has been incredibly busy, but also that hasn’t stopped our nature champions from protecting wildlife and habitat. This week is dedicated to YOU, our supporters. Thank you for letting us tell your stories and inspire a future generation of environmentalists.

Ian Robertson, a retired math teacher from Grimsby, ON, is a donor, monthly supporter, CN Tower climber, and wildlife advocate. Oh, but that’s not all.

This summer, Ian will also face an incredible challenge to raise funds for WWF-Canada with the “Old Man in a Boat Tour”

Ian Robertson sails
© Ian Robertson

This champion of nature will sail and row 1,300 kilometers (!) Across Lake Ontario, the Trent-Severn watershed, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and then along the Welland Canal and back to Grimsby.

His goal is to raise $ 10,000 for WWF-Canada and reach $ 8,000 in donor contributions, which he has been saving for four years.

From the design and construction of his boat to the shaping of his navigation strategy to ensure compliance with the strict COVID protocols and learning of the territory’s recognitions along his route, Ian did a lot of research and preparations for the tour.

In Ian’s final year of teaching at Ridley College (2007-2008), he organized seven CN Tower climbing groups, raising over $ 10,000 for WWF-Canada! This impressive feat inspired his fundraising goal for his boat tour.

“Throughout the planning and work for the tour, I realized that there was a journey of self-discovery – especially around the earth – before the actual trip,” he says. “I don’t think I’m the same person who started all this planning over four years ago, but I’m definitely better for it.”

With a champion like Ian on our side, WWF Canada can continue to protect wildlife and nature.

Consider supporting Ian’s fundraising page and follow Ian’s journey!

With your support, we can continue to protect nature and wildlife right here in Canada and beyond. Your gift will help declining species recover, now and in the future. Consider becoming a monthly donor today.

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