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Arnold man plans to paddle length of the Chesapeake to raise money for Oyster Recovery Partnership

Date Posted: 2020-08-04
Source: Capital Gazette

This September, a man from Arnold plans to travel from Havre De Grace to Virginia Beach –– the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay –– by stand-up paddleboard to encourage people to donate to the Oyster Recovery Partnership so more bivalves can be planted in the bay.

Chris Hopkinson has been paddleboarding about six years, and said the plan to paddle the Chesapeake has been in the works for more than two years. He approached the Oyster Recovery Partnership with the idea of using the trip to raise money.

The trip has been planned for a time when the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s major in-person fundraisers have been postponed because of coronavirus –– a fundraiser with hundreds in attendance isn’t possible because large gatherings are banned to protect public health.

“The bay paddle is a way to fill that void,” spokeswoman Karis King said. “A COVID-safe way to fundraise.”

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