Belyuen children experience surfing with Vegemite SurfGroms
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 April, 2014 - More than 40 children from the isolated community of Belyuen in the Northern Territory are hanging 10 thanks to the Surf For Life Project.
Established by Surfing Australia, the Surf For Life Project raises funds for underprivileged Australian children to experience surfing through the VEGEMITE SurfGroms program. Major supporters to date include the Quiksilver Foundation and the NJ Innis Foundation.
Its aim is to introduce 500 children to surfing in 2014 and has raised $47,000 towards its target of $80,000. For more Information and to make a donation visit www.surfforlife.com.au.
Belyuen is a small community two hours west of Darwin on the Cox Peninsula and 42 children from the community took part in the program organised by the Darwin Surf School at the Darwin Waterfront.
The program was supported through the YMCA Top End, which travels to Belyuen three days a week to provide active, healthy and positive engagement for the local children through activities such as cooking, craft, sport and excursions.
Gabrielle Lowe from the YMCA Top End said the response from the children was incredible.
“The response we have received from the children and their families to the VEGEMITE SurfGroms program and the Surf For Life Project has been outstanding,” Lowe said.
“We have heard from a huge number of children wanting to learn how to surf, and their excitement is palpable. This is a first for the Belyuen community… never before have the children been involved in a program such as this and even before they’ve hit the water their self-esteem has jumped to a whole new level.
“The chance to engage and to become involved in a program such as this has the ability to not only increase self-confidence but has allowed them to push their own fears and doubts of what they can achieve to the side."
To step out of the world they know into something new affords them the way to build self-esteem through fun and fitness and introduces them to a positive direction which can change not only a life and a family but more so the community itself. This program will no doubt be spoken about by the community for a very long time and will not soon be forgotten.”
The Surf For Life Project is supported by the Australian Sports Foundation, Surfing Australia, VEGEMITE SurfGroms, the Quiksilver Foundation, the NJ Innis Charitable Foundation and Australasian Surf Business Magazine.