Make a Difference with Your Year-End Giving!
Mele Kalikimaka to our friends and supporters,
Every year, Surfing The Nations makes bigger goals, takes greater risks and meets heavier needs in the great adventure of transforming the city of Wahiawa and countless lives locally and in locations around the world. However, each mile of our journey is made up of many small, committed steps. As STN has continued to cover more ground, we have seen hope rise up in forgotten communities and light invade into dark and gnarly areas around the globe.
In this season of giving and preparation for the new year, we invite you to be a part of the impact! Locally, STN has invested in and pursued a powerful makeover in the city of Wahiawa along Kamehameha Highway; an area once completely dominated by drugs, violence and the sex industry. The resulting transformation has not only brought life back into this community, but has helped many businesses and individuals to see the potential of Wahiawa and decide to partner with our heart for change.
This year, our full-time 50+ volunteer staff has been busy launching new programs, travelling internationally and serving our local community. Our Feeding The Hungry food distribution program served over 3,000 people every month and began hosting a bi-weekly BBQ for the homeless, in response to the state of emergency homeless crisis declared by Gov. David Ige in October. Our Ulu Pono kids program, serving at-risk youth, has taken greater leaps in developing its programs and creating new opportunities for them. One such opportunity involved sponsorships for the youth to be a part of STN’s new, Freedom Surf Camps, hosted on the north shore in April and November. And with your help, we hope to see both of these programs rise to the next level with the scheduled completion of our new Community Outreach and Training Center by the spring of 2016.
Internationally, STN returned with teams to Bangladesh, Indonesia, North Korea, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Morocco and used the sport of surfing to build relationships and partner with locals to customize specific needs in each location. While in the Philippines, our team noticed a needy widow and her seven children. Because of our relationship focus on each trip, we connected with her and were able to love on her both emotionally and tangibly by providing her with a washer, dryer and stove – a simple task that radically changed her life.
However, without your generous help, none of this would have been possible. On behalf of Surfing The Nations, we would like to say, “Mahalo!”, to all of our supporters. As 2015 comes to a close, we look forward to all the possibilities and opportunities on the horizon, and are excited to let you know how you can be a part of the movement in 2016!
Tom & Cindy Bauer
Founders of Surfing The Nations