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College Student Promoting Diversity on 10-Day Voyage

To promote diversity in the fishing and boating community, Eddie Gill and his crew will stop at nine different marinas and waterside attractions to educate children all over.

Posted: Jun 1, 2021 5:03 PM
Updated: Jun 2, 2021 8:39 AM

"10 days, 900 miles, it'll be quite the trip," says Eddie Gill, Founder of "Journey for a Cause"

In the beginning of the Pandemic, Eddie Gill was sitting in his room, sending countless emails to various Fishing Companies. He was trying to turn his dream of ending a stigma, into a reality.

"This has been in the works for a year, I'm just super happy it's here, I just can't believe it," Gill says.

Eddie Gill started "Journey of a Cause" a mission to promote diversity to the fishing and boating communities. As a young Bi-Racial Male, and a college athlete, Gill say he was judged when he shared his passion for nature. He was often told activities like that, are just not something African Americans usually do.

Gill adds "Fishing and boating has been a passion of mine since a very young age and I often get strange looks or interesting comments. I hope I can be an inspiration to people, just by seeing me do this great adventure, I can be a light."

When choosing a location to launch from, Gill says he chose Evansville because the "E" stands for everyone.

"I feel like that just fits exactly what we're trying to do," Gill adds.

While on this journey, he and his team will host many public engagement and Youth Fishing events. The goal is to spread awareness, that the color of your skin should not decide what hobbies you do.

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