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What: Fundraiser for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
When: April 19, 6PM
Where: Cheyenne, Holiday Inn
Tickets: Call 307-631-3905
Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) The Platte Rivers Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing fundraiser is slated for April 19. Events start at 6PM in the Cheyenne Holiday Inn. For tickets call 307-631-3905
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (PHWFF) is a nationwide volunteer organization dedicated to the physical & emotional rehabilitation of disabled / active military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education. A very active local program (Project Healing Waters – Fort Carson / Colorado Springs) exists at Fort Carson for personnel and veterans in the Colorado Springs and outlying areas. It is supported by one of our local fly fishing clubs, the Pikes Peak Flyfishers, as well as Cheyenne Mountain Chapter Trout Unlimited and our member volunteers.
Since its inception in 2005, PHWFF has been helping disabled active duty personnel and veterans to overcome the obstacles associated with their military service related injuries. The relearning of the fine motor skills needed in fly fishing and fly tying has proven to be particularly effective in the overall rehabilitation of the disabled. Many soldiers struggling with Post Stress Disorder (PSD) particularly find the calmness of being in or by a rushing stream and catching one of Colorado’s beautiful species of trout to be very relaxing and takes their minds off their issues. A number of soldiers have credited this program with their being able to successfully transition to and live an almost normal life today.
Traveling with soldiers to fishing destinations and providing the lodging, food, transportation, materials and equipment such as rods, reels (some specially engineered for amputees), waders, fanny packs, tying vices and materials, etc for both the fly fishing and fly tying does not come free. The program relies entirely on fund raising activities throughout the year to support their noble cause.