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WTOC’s Dal Cannady walks 7 days for Red Cross disaster team donations

WTOC’s Dal Cannady walks 7 days for Red Cross disaster team donations

WTOC’s Dal Cannady walks 7 days for Red Cross disaster team donations

After walking 97 miles in seven days ...

A familiar face around town and somewhat of a celebrity, Dal Cannady spends his time telling the stories of others. But this story is about him. Rather, what he spent a week doing.

    As WTOC-TV’s bureau chief since 1996 and Southeast Georgia reporter since 1990, Cannady often reports on family tragedies, such as home fires or natural disasters. He said he ends many segments with, “… and the American Red Cross is assisting the family.”

    As a dedicated Red Cross board member, whenever disaster strikes in rural Georgia, he reports on the work of Red Cross volunteers who often meet clients on their front lawns after losing everything they own.

    For the third year in a row, Cannady walked to raise awareness of and funds for the local disaster teams of the American Red Cross. He calls it the Heroes Walk.

    In speaking of the disaster teams’ assistance during a tragedy, he said: “To buy one set of clothes for each family member, to buy food, to get a hotel room, just basic things like that for a family who has lost everything, it adds up. This is my offbeat way to raise money to supplement that.”

    Recently, Cannady walked seven one-day walks. With a kickoff event fundraiser at Harry’s Barbeque in Claxton Feb. 25, his walk on the first day took him from Evans County to Tattnall County.

He walked through Jeff Davis, Appling, Montgomery, Toombs, Emanuel and Candler counties before winding up in Statesboro on March 4 – a total of 97 miles.

    On his walk, he accepted donations from businesses, municipalities and individuals. All money collected will be used by volunteers who donate countless hours when disaster strikes.

    Along the way, he stepped into local restaurants to share stories about the Red Cross and to wait or wipe tables for donations.

    Cannady ended his walk with a wrap-up party at Vandy’s Restaurant in the Statesboro Mall. Met with balloons, hugs, signs, and a cake, Cannady greeted patrons and spoke of his journey. Just in time for the evening news, Cannady set up his camera and, with locals dining in the background, spoke live on WTOC about his walk.  

    Each year, the president of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month” to honor the mission of the organization. Cannady hopes many will visit the website and make a donation to the Red Cross local disaster teams, for, in his words, “You never know when it will be you that they help out.”

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