Fundraising Canadian Canoe Expedition Robbed

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

You might remember a couple of weeks ago I wrote about Dave and Matt Turgeon's canoe expedition across Canada to raise finds for the Sick Kids Hospital here in Toronto.

Things were going fine until they reached Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where they got robbed.

Thieves made off with about $500 worth of Dave and Matt Turgeon's gear when they left it on shore by the city's waterfront boardwalk early Tuesday afternoon to make a quick supply run to Station Mall.

"We were only gone 15 minutes," said an exasperated Dave Turgeon, 42, shortly after talking to police.

Taken was about $500 worth of rain gear, knives, tools, and, interestingly, the GPS tracking unit the Turgeons were using to update the progress of their expedition for the Sick Kids Foundation on their website.

Dave said the GPS unit provides current location data only, meaning the thief could do little with it but give away his or her own location on the Turgeons' website.

"If they're stupid enough to hit the button," noted Dave.

I guess this shows that the woods are safer then the city.

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David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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