Karen featured in The Schenectady Gazette

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A recent article in The Schenectady Gazette features Karen’s humanitarian efforts and the impact she’s had on lives around the world providing clean water, livestock, school supplies and medical equipment.

The Article: Karen Flewelling figures she spent enough of her life tasting what she calls the appetizers.

Now, she wants the entree and dessert.

After spending 36 years as one of the most successful fi eld hockey coaches in Section II history, the ultimate charity worker and fund raiser continues to make an even larger impact on the lives of people, especially children, all over the globe.

Flewelling will be signing her new book, “Drilling for Hope: One Woman’s Work to Provide Clean Water,” Sunday at the Barnes & Noble at Colonie Center from 2-4 p.m. Her labor of love details her life as a humanitarian in many remote countries.

“I started this humanitarian work in 2005,” Flewelling said. “I’ve taken all my journals from 2005, up to but not including my trips from a year ago. I’ve been to a lot of places.”

Flewelling began her charity work by volunteering with Earth-Watch Institute. She aided that organization’s work in scientific research and conservation projects for animals like fl amingos, zebras, dolphins and sea turtles.

“I like to travel,” she said. “I went to South America to work with deep-sea turtles, and I went to Brazil to work with wild pigs. I’ve been to a lot of places.”

But after a trip to Kenya to study and help the flamingo population, Flewelling saw how the natives there treated their goats as precious commodities and life lines ….