DANA POINT – Thirty special needs children were treated to a red-carpet ceremony and an afternoon of fishing fun as part of a Fish for Life event, hosted by the Mission Viejo Rotary Club, Sunday, Sept. 10.
Following their red carpet entrance, children accompanied by their caretakers hopped aboard the Dana Pride for a day of fishing. Rotarians provided fishing teams and galley slaves as they baited hooks and provided their expertise to the guests in attendance.
“Rotary is committed to ‘Service Above Self’,” said Jim Colitz, president of the Mission Viejo club, the local chapter of Rotary International. “Serving youth is one of our primary avenues of service. We’re a group of community leaders who love to give back and we have a great time doing just that.”
“Fish for Life” is a non-profit organization that aims to enhance the lives of the special needs community by offering a free fishing trip on the sea. The program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life, according to the program’s website, fishforlife.org.
The Rotary Club, acting as the trip’s platinum sponsor, provided snacks and a full lunch on top of the fishing activities. Toward the end of the trip, Rotarians provided a dock-side awards ceremony honoring each guest. The ceremony was presided over by a real-life mermaid and each child received a medal and tributes from their personal fishing coaches.
The Mission Viejo Rotary club serves the entire Saddleback Valley and meets Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. at the Mission Viejo Country Club. Guests interested in becoming members are welcome to join a meeting and enjoy a…