Bayside paddle boarders will be out in force this month in preparation for the 2018 Mad Paddle.
The 30-kilometre stand-up paddle board marathon across Port Phillip Bay will aim to raise more than $30,000 for Sandringham Hospital Emergency Department.
With the support of SUP Vic (Stand-up Paddle Boarding Victoria) and Sandringham Yacht Club, about 100 paddle boarders are expected to join the community event.
This is the fourth time paddlers have congregated to raise money for the hospital in the state’s longest distance paddle board challenge.
Alison Palmer, head of Operations at Sandringham Hospital, said the last event in 2016 was a huge success.
“This is such a fun event for a great cause and I urge everyone in the community to get behind our paddle boarders,” Mrs Palmer said.
“We still need paddlers and escort boats to register, so if you love paddle boarding, take this opportunity to show off your skills and sign up. You can also sponsor a paddler and donations will be greatly appreciated.”
The event will take place on Sunday 25 February and will culminate with a community barbecue at Sandringham Yacht Club.