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STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER Pete Savard, left, guides his paddleboard into Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park where fellow paddlers, Ainley Savard and Cassie Rakowski, await.

Pete Savard and his daughter Ainsley, along with a small team of paddlers and supporters, stopped at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park Saturday as part of a sojourn down the Susquehanna River using a stand up paddle board.

The goal of the journey has been to raise awareness and funds for sustainable clean water projects in remote areas of the world.

Initially started June 20 in Cooperstown, N.Y., to be part of the 444-mile river, the group headed by Savard of Cedarville University has been attempting to show that “the same water equipment used to establish clean water projects in developing countries to showcase its mobility in remote locations.”

Savard, founder and chairman of Global Water Consortium, said. “Throughout the trip, we will carry the same water equipment used to establish clean water projects in developing countries to showcase its mobility in remote locations.”

He noted that in India and Kenya alone, more than 4,200 children die each day due to unsafe water.

This fundraising #SUP4WATER adventure was to take the father-daughter led team 30 days to complete.

In that time frame, Savard estimated, approximately 126,540 children will die due to unsafe water in both those two countries. The goal is to raise $1 for each of these children and to bring increased awareness for sustainable water projects around the world.

If they’re able to reach their fundraising goal, the team will be able to provide safe drinking water to 265,555 people in some of the most remote and in-need areas of the world.

Savard and his team are requesting donations to help them reach their goal of raising $126,540. Donations can be made online at

While the group had noble intentions, Savard said Saturday that they did not anticipate the challenge that eight days of lightning would put in their way.

They still want to reach Havre deGrace, Md. by July 20, but it’s not clear how much of the river will be traversed by the paddle boards.

The team will give social media updates throughout their journey.

All are welcome to follow and share in their journey via social media on,, and Global Water Consortium

By integrating their expertise and services they refined the business model that allows GWC to establish sustainable solutions in developing countries that provide safe water.

The team for this sojourn consists of: paddlers Ainsley Savard, a high school student; Cassie Rakowski, a junior nursing major at Cedarville; Lindsey Wiseman; and Jared Mitchell, a high school 3-D modeling and design teacher.

Tristan Devlin is paddling the support canoe on the water for the entire trip and is the team’s official photographer/videographer. He will be a junior at Wright State University this fall. Emily DeClerico is the second paddler in the canoe and joined the team during its second week. She expected to paddle the remainder of the trip and assist Devlin. She is also a recent nursing graduate from Cedarville University. JT Tomlin is driving a support vehicle for the team for all 30 days of the #SUP4WATER journey. Tomlin is the team’s eyes and ears above the river and greatly assists in making this event possible.