Orphans, autistic, and specials needs children flew high with Cheeca’s parasail company, Purple Island Parasail, while participating in Captains for Kids
On Saturday, September 10th, Cheeca participated in the first ever Captains for Kids event held in the Florida Keys. Organized in Islamorada by Cheeca’s parasail company Purple Island Parasail, Captains for Kids started four years ago by Captain Steve Potate, a Destin parasail charter boat owner. The mission of Captains for Kids is to make a child smile by providing a free day of fun on the water for kids with special needs and illnesses.
“As soon as I heard about this event, I knew we had to help get it started here in the Keys,” said Purple Island Parasail’s owner and operator, Captain Bryan Weirich. “Some of my favorite days flying people have always been when I’ve been flying veterans or people with specials needs” he said. “It makes me feel so proud to be able to offer a service that brings joy to people who are overcoming such adversity in their life.”
Children participating in Captains for Kids in Islamorada started their day at Cheeca with a free parasail flight, including a photo package. They then enjoyed some complementary gelato on the beach and received a gift bag full of little surprises like sunglasses and stickers. Afterwards, if the kids wanted to go fishing they were offered a free 4 hour fishing trip including tackle, gear and fish cleaning on the Captain Michael at Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada, who also agreed to participate in the event with Captain Bryan.
“The entire island really pulled together to help make this work, just like they always do,” said Capt. Bryan. Upon hearing about the event, the Captain Michael from Robbie’s Marina was happy to participate by donating the free fishing trip. Local radio host Joey Naples helped promote the event on his weekly SUN FM “Hog Tide” and “Chochtails” radio shows, the Islamorada and the Marathon Chamber of Commerce shared the event on their social media pages, the Keys Weekly provided free add space, and Keys Custom Tees provided the all the crew’s t-shirts at a discounted price.
In addition to Islamorada, captains from Key Largo also participated in the event. Keys Adventures operating out of the Marriot and the Big Chill in Key Largo donated their time and services. “The entire event was so much fun and really a huge success,” stated Capt. Bryan. “Next year we are hoping it takes off all over the Keys.”