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Paddle board racers raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief

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It was a fight to the finish in Ventnor on Saturday afternoon, as 127 paddle-boarders raced in the freezing cold and wind, all for a cause that for South Jersey residents, hits too close to home.

"What we have going on here is a lot of people's houses are under distress," said organizer, Sean Duffey.

After seeing the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy Sean Duffey decided to organize a 5.7-mile paddle board race to try and help pick up some of the pieces.

"The reason I want to do this is to help out in what way I can. I'm a schoolteacher and it's hard to go work on a house during the week," said Duffey. "So I figured that could go a long way in helping people out.

So far, Duffey has raised $4,000 and counting for the "Waves 4 Water" Hurricane Sandy relief fund.

But one donator hope's his contribution will bring something more to the table

"I'm donating it and whatever they want to do with it they can. If it gets auctioned off and people bid for it, if it gets raffled, its whatever they think is the best to raise more money."

Dan Callaghan runs his own surfboard making business called D.CAL and decided to put his talents to good use by creating a "Sandy" surfboard.

He hope's whoever buys it will one day look at the pictures, and remember what was lost.

"Its crazy how fast people are rebuilding and getting back on their feet. It almost looks back to normal again, but there is still a lot that needs to be done in this area and other areas," said Callaghan.

To find out how you can donate to the "Waves 4 Water" Hurricane Sandy fund click on the link.

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