South Shore: Weymouth pit-stop today for woman kayaking from Maine to Guatemala

Dr. Deb Walters’ journey started a month ago in Maine, and she still has about a year left in it as she makes a pit stop today in Weymouth.

“I am kayaking from Maine to Guatemala, alone..” Walters said. “When people hear that, they think I must be absolutely nuts.”

Weymouth is coincidentally where Walters first learned about the cause she’s doing this for.

“It’s actually through the Weymouth Rotarians here in this area. They were doing a grant through Rotary, I heard about it, I got excited, went down to Guatemala and saw what they were doing,” Walters said.  “So I blame it all on them that I’m kayaking to Guatemala!”

She says it’s the kids and the mothers she met in Guatemala that compelled her to do more.

“The children were working in the garbage dump, not able to go to school, and the mothers just wanted their kids to be able to go to school , learn to read, and just have a better future,” Walters said. “And that simple dream broke my heart. I knew I had to help.”

And being an avid long-distance kayaker, she decided her way of helping was to raise awareness and funds along the way. Her website is www.kayakforsafepassagekids.org . She expects to make it to Guatemala by this time next year.

Listen to Steve Burns’ full interview with Dr. Deb Walters here:

About Steve Burns

Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.