People hop in the Muddy Mo for a good cause

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COLUMBIA- Nine brave souls jumped into the Missouri River Sunday afternoon in support of river relief.

With the temperature hovering around 50 degrees, the group Protectors of Land and Water invited folks out for food, friends and freezing water.

To make sure all participants of the challenge were safe, Boone County Fire District and MU Health were both there.

All the proceeds from the event went toward Missouri River Relief, a group aimed at keeping the Missouri River clean.

Creator of Protectors of Land and Water, Maya Ketajanka, said he has a connection to the Missouri River and that is what drew him to support this cause.

“My belief is that the water that runs in that river is water that is inside my body also and that my ancestors have drank from that water,” Ketajanka said.

Lindsey Anderson hopped in the river Sunday afternoon and she saw it as a worthy cause.

“I love the Missouri river, so I’ll jump in it,” Anderson said.

Ketajanka said he was nervous for the event at first, but the turnout was “amazing.”

Ketajanka said their goal was to raise $1,000 from the challenge and he believes they exceeded this number.

Overall, Ketajanka is concerned for the river, but excited to see all the people out today.

“Sometimes it seems for myself that not enough people are concerned about the land and the water, so it was very exciting to know that this many people are concerned and care about the water,” he said.