By Dorie Cox
A couple of charities in South Florida are looking for a few more boats and captains to volunteer for a fishing event for people in need in South Florida. Big Brothers Big Sisters will host the outing, with help from Freedom Waters Foundation, to take ill, special needs, at-risk, and other participants for a day on the water on Saturday. Fishermen and volunteers will meet at Bahia Mar Marina in Fort Lauderdale at 8 a.m., according to Andrew Cilla, owner of Luke Brown Yachts.
“We have 21 boats and about 110 anglers so far,” he said this week. “Some people are still waiting for a boat.”
Cilla is president of the Freedom Waters Foundation board and his office is lined with donated marine equipment for sale to raise money and framed photos of smiling children with fishing rods in hand. Cilla said he has a soft spot for children with cancer.
“I was a bellhop at a hotel that donated rooms for the kids and families at a nearby cancer hospital,” Cilla said. “Back in the 1970s, the survival rate for the kids was a fraction of what it is now. I am lucky I can help and get them out on a boat.”
For more information, contact Ofelia I. DeLuca, education involvement liaison for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, at 954-870-6390 or Andrew Cilla at Luke Brown Yachts at 954-525-6617.
Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.