Hale School – Perth.
I am so glad that we got the chance to meet Winter Vincent! To have him come out and surf at our local beach and share a few waves with us was so much fun. He is such a good little surfer and his technique is amazing. Hearing about the charity he has started up and how just $50 can buy a water filter that can actually save people’s lives is mind blowing. It is almost unbelievable to think someone has not only thought of this but put it all together and started it up just at 13 years old! Truly inspiring.
Giam Nation, Yr 11
It was so sick to meet Winter, he's such a good little surfer and to catch a few waves with him was all time. To hear about his water was incredible, and amazing to hear what impact the donations will make by the boys from hale will have. I hope to one day surf with him and see what he’s achieved by the time he reaches my age!
Fletcher Llanwarne Tr 12
It isn’t commonplace for a school to fly special visitors from Interstate to spend a few days with our students, but what a coup! Having Winter here, engaging with the entire Junior School and telling them his story and demonstrating the water filter systems was embraced by all. From Year 1s to Year 12s, his story resonated with all and you know when a group of boys are engaged, there’s not a hint of noise. For us to raise money for Waves for Water and to have an ongoing relationship with eth charity would be ideal. I think the Senior School teachers are already looking at a trip for students to promote the charities work, raise some funds and maybe get a sneaky surf in whilst they are at it. Thanks Winter for sharing your story.
Dave Reed Director of Community Engagement
Linkhorn School - Virginia Beach
VIRGINIA BEACH BOYS PEARCE AND CADEN REDFORD SHOW THAT EVEN KIDS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!!
On a sunny day in September, students at Linkhorn Park Elementary School got to wear board shorts (surf attire) to school, and got an important education on giving back and making a difference in the world- thanks to two North End boys.
Pearce and Caden Redford saw a video this summer about Winter Vincent, a 9- year-old Australian surfer who did a fundraiser event at his school in Australia to raise money for Waves For Water.This charity was started by professional surfer, Jon Rose, who saw third world communities in the surf spots he visited suffering because they did not have clean drinking water.The water filter only costs $50 and provides clean drinking water for 100 people for five years.Now 13, Winter has become a spokesman for Waves for Water and came here to do a similar event at Pearce and Caden’s school.
Linkhorn Park Elementary School was one of the first schools to host a fundraiser on the East Coast.Pearce and Caden’s summer lemonade stands and other fundraising efforts inspired other kids who love to surf to bring the fundraiser to their school.
Winter also spoke to Operation Smile, as the two organizations are partnering, and Operation Smile is going to take water filters to hospitals they visit in third- world countries in need of clean drinking water.
The event was a huge success.The Redfords organized a fantastic party and fundraiser for families on Sep. 19th at The Shack.They raised $13,000 at the event and an additional $2,000 at the Linkhorn Park Elementary School “Wear Your Surf Attire to School” fundraiser!
Pearce and Caden were so inspired by Winter and what he had done that they wanted to do something too. The experience was one they will never forget and Winter continues to inspire them every day. The community has now been inspired by Pearce and Caden and every day kids are continuing to make a difference.There is truly nothing more gratifying than helping others.We hope if your reading this- you will be a global leader too- get out there and do your part!
Surf The Mountain Fundraiser
We had an absolute blast! We started the excitement the week before by introducing Surf to School with the video on the Waves for Water website. Our sixth graders had already seen Winter’s video when Mountain Film came to present, so they were super pumped up!
On Friday, the students walked in the doors wearing their finest beach wear (which was pretty fun to see since we live in Colorado).
We collected their dollar donations and completed some extra fundraising by selling leis and colorful zinc sunscreen. The kids were so excited to be raising money for such a great cause.
Within half an hour we had raised $400 and the hallways were full of board shorts, zinc, and smiles ear to ear. We loved this experience and hope to keep this fundraiser going/ to have Surf to School become an annual tradition.