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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Friends and well wishers gathered at East End Beach Sunday to give one last farewell to the Maine woman kayaking to Guatemala.

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Dr. Deborah Walters, a 63 year old grandmother from Troy, began her year-long journey on Friday when she began paddling from Yarmouth to Portland.

Walters was inspired to embark on this solo trip when she visited Guatemala City and saw the living conditions and lack of opportunities faced by children and their families.

She also saw the work being done by Safe Passage, a Maine-based nonprofit, which is working to educate kids and empower them to lead better lives and rise from poverty.

She plans to take the 2,500 mile journey day by day, stopping along the way to spread the word about the work done by Safe Passage. She hopes to touch hearts with her story and encourage people to donate to the cause. All of the money raised will go to the organization as Walters is taking care of her own expenses.

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"I am a grandmother paddling alone over 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala. Along the way I will be: telling the story of the children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community, honoring their entrepreneurial mothers, talking about the success of the Safe Passage model school and raising funds for additional grades for the school." FMI: http://kayakforsafepassagekids.blogspot.com/

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