Cape Coral Kiwanis’ 24th Annual Kids Fishing Derby – April 21st 2012

The Cape Coral Kiwanis Club will be celebrating Kiwanis One Day by hosting our 24th annual Kids Fishing Derby in Cape Coral at the Yacht Club Pier on April 21.

First 400 kids who come by receive a free rod and reel to take home with them, bait and instructions on how to fish by our pros! This is a wonderful way to keep kids off of the streets and to teach them a life skill.

Contact Wally Laumeyer for more information or to volunteer: hibidlau@juno.com

Excerpt from Cape coral Breeze…

Wally Laumeyer uses fishing as a way to reach out to the kids in the community. He wants them to know how fun it is, how it can help them spend time with their families, and most importantly, he wants fishing to inspire them and keep them on a straight and narrow path.

Originally from Minnesota, Laumeyer, 80, has fished for most of his life, and he saw the opportunity to share his love of fishing when he took over the fishing derby almost a quarter of a century ago.

Laumeyer said he found that some children, despite living in a waterfront community, had never even been fishing.

Hundreds of kids have come and gone to the fishing derby through the years, and some have even brought back their own children, according to Laumeyer.

He spends nearly six months setting up the event, and each year he relishes the chance to introduce fishing to a new crop of young anglers each year.

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