The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Florida Panhandle Chapter announces the return of its event, Paddle for Prevention. The 3rd annual event will be held on June 9 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Gulf Place Beach Access in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. This event is for all levels of experience from first time stand up paddleboarders to experts.
Boards will be provided by YOLO Board and participants are welcome to bring their own paddleboards as well to enjoy a day of fun 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 Co Hwy 30 A, just west of Ed Walline Beach Access at the intersection of Hwy 393 and 30A.
The Open SUP Paddle portion of the event will run from 9:15am to 10:45am. Registration for the Open SUP Paddle is $20 and participants are encouraged to fundraiser.
"This is a day to honor loved ones lost, seek strength for your own journey, or to encourage someone in your life that may be struggling with mental illness to use the Gulf as a way of healing,” says Amanda Abbott, Paddle for Prevention Chair.
"All funds raised help to continue our Chapter’s mission to provide the community with mental health and suicide prevention resources, education, and advocacy.”
The event will wrap up with the Grande Stand Up Paddleboard 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 paddle 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.
The After Party will be hosted at La Playa from 12:00pm to 2:00pm across the street at 37 Town Center Loop with a special food & drink menu and live music. Raffle prizes from local merchants will be available as well.
Register online today for Paddle for Prevention at AFSP.org/Paddle2018.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide.