Written by Meghan Thibodeau, Administrative Assistant to the Chief Operations Officer, Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation

Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation's second Champion of the Crescent Stand Up Paddle Board event raised more than $155,000 for child and youth mental health programs.

Presented by EllisDon, the July 16 event attracted more than 250 participants of all ages and abilities. The day's races also delivered lots of fun for families and other spectators enjoying the sun at Blackie Spit Park. The competitive 10-kilometre race was won by world champion Danny Ching, and the first woman across the finish line was Candace Abbleby, currently third in the world rankings.

While the professionals flew across the waters off Crescent Beach, other participants paddled to meet their own goals in the 3.5-kilometre race and the kids' events. The Charity Challenge team races delivered fun and entertainment in and out of the ocean, particularly as some of the participants had no previous paddle boarding experience.

The winning team was Heritage Office Furnishings. Special congratulations to the youth from the Adolescent Day Treatment Program team for standing up for kids' mental health by participating in the first team race of the day.

Next year's event is set for July 22 at the same location. For more information, visit championofthecrescent.com.

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