Results of the paddle:
Departed Catalina ismuths/Bird Rock at 6:11 AM and arrived into LA Light-Long Beach harbor.
Time: 8 hours 30 minutes and 37 seconds.
Distance: 23.25 miles

I would like to give out a VERY special thank you to Wes and Mark - the crew of the White Light

“Paddle for Hope” is an effort by San Diego resident Chris Hernandez to bring attention to homelessness that encounters our city streets as well as neighborhoods across the nation. Chris will be paddling from Catalina to the mainland (Long Beach area / approximately 25 miles) with ONLY ONE ARM to signify the struggle of the homeless. He is doing this to light the plight, to magnify the ignored, and to bring hope to the hopeless. Men, women, and children can all be found on the streets on any given night, without adequate shelter, food, or clothing. There are only so many shelters and so many beds to house the homeless, but bringing attention to this problem as Chris wishes to do with the “Paddle for Hope” can help ensure a greater response to fix this problem now and into the future.

Chris and His Cause

On June 20, 2007, Chris will paddle from Catalina to the mainland with only one arm to call attention to homelessness in San Diego and ultimately, around the nation. Chris’ passion comes from years of seeing homeless men, women, and children living on the streets in downtown San Diego and other neighborhoods. Click here to learn more about Chris and “Paddle for Hope” or visit our donation page for information on how you can help.

Homeless in San Diego

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, it is estimated that 754,000 people nationwide live in emergency shelter, transitional housing, or on the streets on any given night. In California, the homeless population contains an estimated 188,300 people, including more than 24,000 veterans and more than 17,700 children under the age of 18. And, in the San Diego City limits alone, there is an estimated 4,200 people on the streets.

The Paddle Route

The “Paddle for Hope” on June 20, 2007 takes place over 25 miles from Catalina to the mainland. Chris will be paddling in a kayak with only one arm to signify the plight of the homeless and to confirm this cause.