The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Florida Panhandle Chapter announces the new date of its event, Paddle for Prevention. Due to inclement weather, the 4th annual event will now be on July 13th from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Gulf Place Beach Access in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, in an effort raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. This event is for all levels of experience from first-time paddlers to experts. Boards will be provided by YOLO Boards and Adventure 30A. Participants may also bring their own boards and enjoy a fun day on the water.
Registration starts at 8:30am and the opening ceremony will start at 9:00am. The beach access is located at 4451 W County Highway 30 A, just west of Ed Walline Beach Access at the intersection of Highway 393 and 30A.
“We wanted to keep the momentum moving forward on the original day and transitioned into ‘Party’ for Prevention,” says Amanda Abbott, Paddle for Prevention Chair. “Jim Richard and his team at Red Fish Taco were so generous to open up their event space to us last minute and we were able to raise over $17,000 and are looking forward to the rescheduled paddle date in July.”
The Open Paddle portion of the event will run from 9:15am to 10:45am. Registration for the Open Paddle is $20 and participants are encouraged to fundraise. Any participant who raises $100 or more will receive a free shirt. Participants who are new to paddle boarding can work with the YOLO team to learn the basics and enjoy a peaceful paddle to raise awareness and connect with others. The Memorial Rose Petal Ceremony will follow from 10:45am to 11:00am to honor loved ones lost.
“Amanda has done an amazing job rallying the community together for this cause,” says Jessica Roberts, Chapter Chair. “We are now looking to double the original goal and hope to raise $20,000 as well as continuing to raise awareness and break the stigma around mental health issues and suicide prevention.”
The event will wrap up with the Grande SUP Race. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to sign up as a team and represent their company on the water. All six team members will be on one large oversized inflatable board for a fun interactive race. Team registration is $300, each team member will receive a shirt, and the winning team receives a grand prize package which includes a 3-night stay from Platinum Sponsor, ResortQuest Real Estate.
Participants can still register online for Paddle for Prevention at AFSP.org/Paddle2019 (All information and fundraising totals from pre-registered participants will transfer to the new date, so no need to register again. Continued fundraising is encouraged).
All funds raised help to continue the AFSP Florida Panhandle Chapter’s mission to provide the community mental health and suicide prevention resources, education, and advocacy.
For more information, contact Amanda Abbott at Amanda@PaddleForPreventionAFSP.com or visit facebook.com/AFSPFloridaPanhandle/
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