FanForLife.Org Event, Seaport Village, Saturday 20 April, 2013
SDKC Supporting Members: Don and Monica Fox, Dave Lambert, Rick and Diane Spurgeon, Dave and Iris Corning
SDKC was asked if we could help with making and flying kites as part of the FanForLife.Org event at Seaport Village. The FanForLife group supports people who are waiting for or have had an organ transplant. See the FFL website for more info: FanForLife Website
We were also asked if someone could make a large custom kite with a sponsors logo. Enter your reporter, Rick. Although I was willing to give it a try, time was short. Thanks to Lolly and Revolution Kites who donated the fabric needed I was able to get off to a quick start. After close to two weeks of most of my free time, and not a little gentle cursing (man I hate letters) a 7.5 ft x 6 ft custom ROK was ready. That is a lot of material to get through a small sewing machine while always turning and turning and turning for those letters. The event was scheduled for fairly late in the day and I worried about not enough wind. The two or three days leading up to the event were quite windy (for San Diego anyway) but on event day the wind was just perfect for a big ROK. The ktie couldnt have flown steadier or looked better. The organizers and sponsor were happy. I was happy it was over.
The kite building part of the event got off to a slow start. There were other things to do (face painting, sidewalk chalk art, hula hooping, art mural project, etc) and we were way out at the end of the park/jetty away from the kite eating trees. But eventually the kite building took off and we were quite busy. Just as we were ready to call it a day another big group came along and while there was a very short debate we of course helped make more kites. Close to 50 kites were decorated and flown.
There was just enough wind for me to get in some kite aerial photography during the event opening. So between flying the event ROK and KAP I didnt help much with kite making. Sorry guys.
Plans for next year are already started so if you weren’t there this year you will have another chance!
Story and KAP photos by Rick Spurgeon
Photos from Diane Spurgeons camera, multiple photographers