Three Rafters Looking to Raise Funds for Gulf

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By Becky Ogann

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) - Three men are floating down the Mississippi River on a rubber raft in an effort to raise money for victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Launching from Bellevue, Iowa on Wednesday, Justin Dworak, 24; 26-year-old Matt Bergmann, both of Galena, Ill., and 25-year-old David Kolck of Dubuque said they expect to arrive in New Orleans next month. Along the way they expect to collect donations for Louisiana-based Lower Mississippi RIVERKEEPER.

According to Kolck, many people told them their idea was a little crazy. He says the idea grew out of two dilemmas; what to with a raft left over from a garage sale, and what to do to help those affected by the oil spill.

They plan to sell stickers designed for the trip and ask for donations as they float down the river.

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