Give your old surfboard a new life and support a great cause – that’s the concept behind Can’t Steal Our Vibe: A Surfboard Drive For South Africa coordinated by Positive Vibe Warriors. Surf shops throughout California will be working with local surf communities to collect donated surfboards and support Waves For Change and Surfers Not Street Children (SNSC).
Waves For Change is doing amazing things for kids in South Africa. According to their website the nonprofit organization “provides a child-friendly mental health service to at-risk youth living in unstable communities. Through access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and a provision of weekly Surf Therapy sessions, W4C gives children skills to cope with stress, regulate behaviour, build healing relationships, and make positive life choices.”
Watch the following video for a closer at what Waves For Change is doing to make a positive impact.
Likewise, SNSC is also doing big things for youth. SNSC “is a project that empowers ex street children as they move towards adulthood. The team of former street children, who are now top surfers, are not only committed to their own continued transformation and journey towards independence but are ambassadors and role models for other kids still on the streets as well as an advocacy voice on the phenomenon of street children.”
Here’s a video showcasing the some of the work SNSC is doing.
Can’t Steal Our Vibe: A Surfboard Drive For South Africa runs through the end of September, 2017. You can get involved by dusting off an old surfboard and contributing it to the effort. The following surf shops in California will be collecting watertight surfboards for the cause:
254 Shoreline Hwy
Mill Valley, CA 94941
101 main street
Huntington Beach CA
176 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente 92672
325 N Highway 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075
sources and links:
video on Waves For Change and featured image by Netwerk 24
video on Surfers Not Street Children by Carver Skateboards