Launch of the Tour: Cape Cod and Boston
Hey there! Patrick Ramage here to let you know we are launched on the Save the Whales Plane tour! For anyone who is new to the Song of the Whale blog, we are traveling across the country in the Cape Air IFAW Whale Plane, a Cessna 402 painted with amazing images of humpback whales. The plane will travel across the country May 10th to 20th making stops and carrying 50 children's drawings of humpback whales to present to government officials from around the world at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission later this month in Anchorage, Alaska.
My twelve year old son Henry and I are taking this trip together and we were joined by a large group of friends, neighbors and co-workers from IFAW and Cape Air at Hyannis Airport this morning for a terrific send off! Cape Air President Dan Wolf and IFAW President Fred O'Regan gave inspiring remarks and then the "Ramage boys" spoke. Henry was the hit of the morning and not an eye was dry after his speech to the group!
After loading up all our gear and giving final hugs to wife and mommy Georgann Ramage and other family and friends, we roared off the runway and got a glimpse of beautiful Cape Cod from the air. It is powerful that we began this effort in Cape Cod, once ground zero for the Yankee whaling industry, and today the center of a thriving global whale watch industry that is growing in leaps and bounds, thanks to the humpback whales that leap from the water into the air in nearby waters every summer. Our plane finally leapt into the air around 12:3O and we made straight for Boston!
Beantown loves the whales! We received amazing support from the city of Boston on our second stop of the Tour. Flying into the Logan Airport today was quite a rush as we could see the crowd awaiting the whale's arrival. Today we were honored to be joined by Felix D. Arroyo, Boston City Councillor; Bryan Glasscock, Head of Environmental Services for the city of Boston; and Chris Bush, Head of the Conservation Committee for the city of Boston. We can't thank them enough for their support and hope to receive the same from other cities on our campaign trail. We also showcased some of the children's artwork and answered the many questions from the press about the tour.
Once again the highlight of the event (of course) was Henry speaking out about the cause, why he's on the plane and his passion for saving the whales. He really summed it up by saying, "We need to save the whales now so when I'm grown up, they'll still be here."
Based on today's phenomenal turnout we are hopeful to make quite an impact with the campaign to save the whales. We look forward to tomorrow's event in New York at the (aptly-named) Marine Air Terminal LaGuardia Airport at 12:30pm. City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and Democratic Assembly member Michael Gianaris will be there to help us in our mission to save the whales. Come out and join us!