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WindanSea Surf Club to Hold 20th Annual Kids Day
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 August, 2006 : - - La Jolla, California WindanSea Surf Club will host its 20th annual Kids Day at the Beach, a non-profit event offering fun, sun and surfing instruction for underprivileged children, on August 19, 2006 at La Jolla Shores from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Over 60 children from St. Vincent de Paul Shelter for Homeless Families, located in downtown San Diego, will take part in the Kids Day event. The children will have the opportunity to learn how to surf and enjoy a beachside barbecue lunch and bags of goodies donated by local and national sponsors. The event teaches coordination and promotes confidence and enhanced self esteem.
Father Joe Carroll will be on hand when the children arrive at 9 am to help commemorate this landmark year for the event. The Day at the Beach Foundation was founded by Scot Cherry, a member of the WindanSea Surf Club in La Jolla. Cherry has been the organizer and Director of the event since its inception in 1986.
He is assisted by a team of generous supporters from the WindanSea Surf Club, who volunteer and fundraise for the Kids Day event. Volunteers from across Southern California, including members from other surfing organizations, also attend and assist in teaching the children.
For many of these children, Kids Day at the Beach is the first time they have ever been to the ocean, even if they have grown up in San Diego, says Cherry.
The joy this event puts in their hearts is evident; it shows on their faces and makes everything we do to put on this event worth it one hundred times over. We have made significant strides with this event over the past 20 years and anticipate an exceptional turnout of both children and volunteers this year.
Previously, Tifani Swink, daughter of surf legend Butch Van Artsdalen, served as co-chair of Kids Day; she now acts as the Volunteer Coordinator. Currently, Adam Bloomberg fills the role of Co-Director and will become the Director of the event next year. In past years, Kids Day has attracted such surfing legends as Mike Doyle, John Peck, surf photographer Tom Keck, and other local legends like Peter King, Saxon Boucher, and more.
Volunteers include San Diego Lifeguard Lieutenant John Greenhaug, who donates his time to help oversee the safety of the event and teach the children to surf. At least two physicians donate their time to be on-hand a WindanSea Surf Club member, Dr. Karl Luber, and Dr. Austin Hewlett, who travels from Huntington Beach each year to help out. To donate, please visit www.silvergatebank.com.
Silvergate Bank has been instrumental over many years by organizing fundraising and funds management. The company has created a portal through their home page where supporters can donate money to Kids Day electronically. The La Jolla YMCA also donates a bus and arranges for a driver each year. Other donors and sponsors include REEF Sandals, Quiksilver, MG Ink silk-screeners, Headhunter Sunscreen and several magazines, including Surfer, Surfing, SurfShot and Transworld Surf.
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