Everyday Hero: Eduardo Fritis

 
Social Butterfly Club Everyday Hero: Eduardo Fritis
 
Shoes for the World has already collected:
  • 3,300 pairs of shoes generously donated by "David" who's father used to own Freeman Shoes
  • 500 plus sailors that will sail around the world to promote "Shoes For the World", 110 of them from
    Vancouver, BC
  • 3,000 pairs of eye glasses donated by Brent Martin of Maxem Eyeware
Media Coverage so far  Website  Blog   Vancouver Sun   Global TV    VoiceAmerica   CBC   CFUN 1410  Ri News    Ri Review   Twitter   
 

Our second Everyday Hero is Eduardo Fritis, whom just sold his house and left on a sailboat at 12 noon on Aug 8th to sail around the world for 2 years to promote "Shoes for the World" which is a charity that delivers used shoes, clothes, and eye glasses from first world countries to 3rd world countries, and delivers cross cultural education to children!

~In his own words:

"It has not been easy; from having an idea to getting the commitment sometimes can take our whole life or even more...
The last few months have been a roller coaster of emotions for me and here is where I am at.

I am sailing my Benteau 343 around the world, it will do the trick! I sold my House and just about all of my belongings to
finance most of my adventure.

I will be back, if the wind so decides, to continue my journey.

I discover the purpose of my dream, and is to make a difference to others that have less (material stuff). I have been busy
doing many things to forward my dream of sailing around the world.  I have learned a lot.  

As I sat for lunch earlier today, I was thinking on the process that it has been for me, how did it all start?  It really started
long ago when I was a kid, I always dreamed of sailing the world. 

My desire to do it propels me daily.  Recently, I find myself in a real estate market that has slowed down, I am 54 years
old, not getting any younger - it seems the perfect timing for me to realize my dream. 

I first started taking the Coastal Navigation course and the Radio course, and you need to know what really you need to
know! So I started talking to everybody that I knew that have done it.... They are called "doners" in the jargon!  Among
them I just knew one, my cousin Jay, so I invite him for dinner to picks his brains and I called JP who sold me the boat and
he pointed me to Malcolm which I called and he told me to come to his lecture last Friday during the 2009 Vancouver boat
show.  I manage to convince Astrid and Klaus to come with me that night, as you might already figure out they are not yet
on board in my dream. 

One more area to work on! 

When I told Jay that I was meeting Malcolm, he says -I know Malcolm and Jackie... -I met them in Mexico! To make the
long story short, Malcolm and wife Jackie sailed around the world for 9 years in a boat just like mine - they had the trip of
their lives and what the really got out of it, was the meaning for their lives, to be of contribution to others.  Briefly, they
were in El Salvador for a big earthquake where everything pretty much got leveled.  Malcolm (Architect) and Jackie
organized a number of sailors more than 100 sailors in the area, raised money all over and build 7 houses in 3 Month for
the locals of a small village.  Wow!  That is what I want to do!  That really gets to my fiber. So I met Jackie and Malcolm
in the lecture and we talk and talk and talk. I was so inspired that I went to see them at the next presentation on Saturday
and Malcolm told me that I should talk to the Bluewater Cruising Association at the show.  I met Boudewijn at the show and
I talked to him for an hour.  He invited me to a meeting on Tuesday night.  He was a "doner"! To my excitement, I arrived
at the meeting expecting 10 people; there were over 250 people there. 

At the break Boudewijn introduced me to a number of experienced sailors, I was just thrilled!  A couple shared about their
trip, exactly the same that I want to do and there again what they got for themselves was the meaning for their lives.  -
I saw my dream alive.  These people are an inspiration, and a contribution to others while fulfilling their own dreams.  
This has led me to the meaning, the possibility of my own voyage around the world. 

The reason for me trip is to make a contribution to others. 

On the same Saturday I listen to Anne speak about her trip.  Anne shared details of her 15 year sailing excursion around
the world with her husband Martin.  She and Martin took used eye glasses on the trip and distributed the glasses to people
in need all over the world.  - I like the idea and there are many people all over the world who don't have access to eye
glasses the way that I have throughout my life.  I am also inspired in doing a shoe and clothe collection and the plan since
my boat is not that big is to have a Team to be sending the stuff down and I will distribute it.

The people I will meet have next to nothing and some they have never used shoes in their lives. I am open to your
suggestions.  "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."~Anatole
France


What is the challenge?

Living by and with the elements
-Surviving with the basics, safety, and food and myself!-

Shoes for the World has already collected:
  • 3,300 pairs of shoes generously donated by "David" who's father used to own Freeman Shoes
  • 500 plus sailors that will sail around the world to promote "Shoes For the World", 110 of them from Vancouver, BC
  • 3,000 pairs of eye glasses donated by Brent Martin of Maxem Eyeware

Media Coverage so far  Website  Blog   Vancouver Sun   Global TV    VoiceAmerica   CBC   CFUN 1410  Ri News    Ri Review   Twitter      
 

Eduardo          - The sky is the limit -
 
VA7FRI
Call 604-315-1675
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If you want to help this wonderful charity, please visit their website at
www.shoesfortheworld.net You can help by DONATE money, help them find
sponsor in shipping, giving them used shoes, clothes, eye glasses, or become
a volunteer.  They also need media publicity around the world, so if you have
connections in that regard, please contact Eduardo's assistant Jennifer Correa
who will be at the helm of Eduardo's real estate business and this charity via
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