Last weekend, Aug. 10-12, we had 19 Wounded Warriors show up in Sekiu for our sixth annual two day fishing tournament. Nine of them were returnees. We had a great time reuniting with the returning Warriors and getting to know the newcomers.
It wasn’t our best year of fishing as our biggest catches was a 15-pound, a 13-pound, a 12-pound, and several 10-pound.
Many of the Warriors approached us and thanked us profusely for what we were doing and stated that the isolation and peace & quiet of Sekiu was exactly what they needed. One of the Warriors shared the following email afterwards that I will share with you:
“I just wanted to express my deepest thanks for the undescribably amazing weekend. My forced medical retirement has been trying and your event made me realize there are still things to look forward to and be excited about. The welcome was warm Friday night, the food was amazing, and the fishing event was well organized/staffed. The captain, Brian Panke, was willing to let me get my hands dirty and use his gear. Even after I gashed his eye with a hook, he was all smiles and genuinely excited for us to catch fish. I felt like I made my first genuine friend in years. What your group does was deeply appreciated by myself and everyone of the Wounded Warriors. Thank you again.
Feel free to post my comments if it helps others to support your organization.”
What Matt wrote is exactly what we are trying to do. It’s nice to hear that we are achieving our goal.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us because without them, we would not be able to do this. We are so grateful for the support that the community has given us.