The Board of Stewards, on behalf of all of Belle Isle, welcomes Casting Carolinas, a 501 (c) (3) charity, to Lake Johnstone on Sunday, November 12th, for a morning of fly-fishing instruction as part of a three-day retreat at Hobcaw Barony, featuring medical education and peer support with the proven therapeutic effects of outdoor activities. Participants include women in all stages of survivorship from a variety of cancer diagnoses, each paired with a fly-fishing professional instructor to be with them throughout the day while learning casting and knot-tying techniques.
First-time participants for Casting Carolinas retreats need have no fly-fishing experience; and, all equipment, lodging, meals and snacks are provided for them free of cost by the organization. Parking will likely be in the vicinity of the little pool. Following the morning's activities, participants will gather at Milligan's for lunch, sponsored by long-time Belle Isle owner Bubba DuBose and DuBose Insurance Agency. Approximately fourteen survivors will be involved, along with eight instructors; additional local avid fly-fishermen are being sought to assist.
Casting Carolina's website says, in part, "Fly-fishing encourages outdoor activity which has been proven to be an important part of the healing process. And learning and succeeding at a new skill helps all of us feel better about ourselves ... We don’t just teach fly-fishing. We teach the skills that can help women deal more effectively with the emotional challenges of cancer survivorship."
To make a donation to Casting Carolinas, click here. If you are an avid fly-fisherman (professional not necessary), and would like to help out on November 12th, please contact the Executive Director of Casting Carolinas, Starr Nolan, by clicking here to send an email.