OCEANPORT, N.J. — Four local business owners will stand-up paddleboard (SUP) from Oceanport Paddle Club to the southern tip of Manhattan 30 miles away on Saturday, June 5, to raise money and awareness for several causes.
The paddlers — Chris Macioch of the Oceanport Paddle Club, John Majeski of SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch and SERVPRO of Hackensack/Little Ferry, Jeremy Julio of Last Bite Mosquito and Tick Control and Bryan Zinski of Summa Love, Surfing and Yoga — came up with the idea as a way to challenge themselves physically and mentally, all while supporting organizations they believe in.
“We don’t think a paddle following this route has ever been undertaken,” Majeski said. “It will be a very difficult paddle battling winds, currents, rough water and shipping traffic in the Hudson River, but it will be worth it to raise funds and awareness for our important causes.”
Majeski is paddling for the Kortney Rose Foundation, an organization dedicated to eradicating pediatric brain tumors. Julio is supporting the Lyme Light Foundation, which supports children and young adults with Lyme disease and raises awareness about the illness. Macioch has chosen CASA of Ocean County, an independent, non-profit organization, whose mission is to advocate for the best interest of the vulnerable children in foster care. Zinski is paddling for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey, who aim to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
In addition to the Oceanport to New York City Paddle the team is organizing a River Cleanup of the Shrewsbury river. They are in need of volunteers, in-kind donations and sponsors. If you would like to find out more about the cleanup scheduled for May 22nd, 2021, please visit this link bit.ly/shrewsburyclean052221
For more information on the teams’ causes and to donate follow the links to their personal pages below;
- Chris Macioch’s CASA of Ocean County’s Page
- John Majeski’s Kortney Rose Foundation’s Page
- Jeremy Julio’s Lyme Light Foundation’s Page
- Bryan Zinski’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey’s Page
This journey is truly a team effort. Team members been planning for over a year and some have calculating the current speeds and optimal departure times and dates for several years.
Please check back for more details such as support team members, captains and other non paddling key teammates.