Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Appeal to Surfing Lovers: A Project for the kids of Malita, Davao Occidental

kids playing through makeshift skimboards in Malita, Davao Occidental

One of my regrets about my fellow Filipinos is that most of us freak about the sea; whereas 70% of our country is water, very few could or would at least dare swim; some would even fear taking a boat. If you go to a surfing beach, only a few locals would actually be surfing. Let’s not move over to diving, jetski, kitesurfing, windsurfing... it’s a lot more novice for Filipinos.

Upon my arrival in Malita, it is sad to hear that there is no surf shop to get a board. Surfers here bring their own boards, and only a few locals have. It is a regret to hear that I am travelling far over just to surf, and we have people right there who can’t make much of it.  A surfboard may cost up to P30,000 after all? With the livelihood they have, who can afford this sport?

Not only will we develop kids’ mental alertness, physical dexterity, but also keep kids within worthy leisure, and hone watersports in this area.

So, to help raise funds, I thought about selling shirts to come up with the needed funding. The shirts will be sold through ProTees.

Bring it next time you visit or surf Malita; Locals will know you helped with getting their surfboards. You get to use the surfboards for free too and SURF MALITA.

Visit the site to make your purchase. 

If you or know anyone who has a used spare surfboard which they would like to give away, let me know. 

Update: 01 October 2015.

As i was looking for virtual spaces to put the ad for this tshirt campaign, i bumped into an Filipino group in the United States which has been sending surfboards to remote areas in the Philippines.

As of last communication, they are looking into creating a program for the development of surfing amongst the kids of Malita, Davao Occidental. :-). Cheers to Humanity.

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