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They Paddled 80 Miles Across Lake Michigan for Children in Uganda


The three paddle boarder have accomplished and incredible feat. They finished an 80 mile journey across Lake Michigan, arriving safely in Norton Shores today.

Twenty-three year-old Craig Masselink, his 19-year-old brother Trent and their friend 21-year-old Ginny Melby left McKinley Beach in Milwaukee, on Sunday morning and finished their trek in just under 24 hours.

Our news partner, WZZM TV13 covered the story, and reported the trio are just a little tired, but feel good about what they accomplished.

It was incredible. Absolutely incredible journey, that’s for sure.

They took turns paddling while the other two rode in a 40-foot support boat. Melby’s mother and the Masselinks’ father were aboard.

The last mile was especially challenging as the wind and waves kicked up just off the shoreline.

“We thought it would be a good idea to all paddle in together, but the board isn’t made for 3,” said Melby.

“We misjudged some distance but we got in that is the important thing. We are here,” said the younger Masselink brother.

The group of friends are on summer break from college and were inspired to make the trip after reading a book about children sold as sex slaves in Uganda.

This is their way of raising awareness and money to help save those children.

We want people to know that we are doing this for a greater cause and to glorify our God. It is all because of our lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ,” said Craig. “We are so thankful to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. I mean we are a great team. The boat crew was a great team. We all work together but yet it is all for Him.”

The money raised will go to the charity group Restore International.

“We are asking supporters to chip in $1 for every mile we paddled. It was 80 miles and it was a hard 80 miles,” said Craig Masselink.

You can find more information on the three paddle boarders at on their Facebook page at .

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