While the Second Harvest of Savannah food bank tries to pick up the pieces after a collapse at their facility Tuesday, they are already getting help from the community. Inspired by a historic swim earlier this week, four men plan to hit the water to raise money for the food bank, paddling 100 miles from Tybee Island to Charleston in kayaks.
Diana Nyad's 100-mile journey, swimming to history, may have inspired millions. It did for at least three guys on Wilmington Island.
"It's just...WOW. It's like, I want to say...an elderly woman...doing that," Gian Maleki told WTOC.
Nyad, at 64 years, in amazing physical condition, Maleki, Jeff Lendrum and Brian Stafford an idea when the roof of the Second Harvest food bank collapse happened and their food supply was in danger Tuesday afternoon.
"It's 100 miles from Tybee to Charleston, and we are going to hop in the waters and kayak to Charleston and call it Paddling to Panic, the Wide Spread Panic concert," Stafford said.
They want to make the effort worthwhile. The gang is going to raise money from now until Sept. 30 and donate all of the money to the food bank. They have some work to do, physically, to get ready for the four day adventure.
"We're not climbing Mount Everest or anything but it's going to make things you never knew you had, sore," Lendrum said.
"She was 64 but she was in top peak physical condition," Stafford said. We will start tomorrow, we will do a 20-mile venture out to Wassaw Sound. We are hoping to do 15 to 20 miles per day."
They aren't expecting a joyride, but would like to see the community get behind their motivation.
"We will definitely feeling the pain and all that, with the strokes, but at the end of the day, end of the week, it's towards a good cause," Maleki said.
To donate, you can go to any Bank of America branch and tell them you want to donate to Paddle to Panic for Second Harvest food bank or you can go online and donate by Pay Pal. We have the links here along with more information and the Facebook pages explaining their cause and mission statement.