Ethan Dodson, St Luke’s Grammar School, Dee Why
The Surf to School Day story started at our school when my sister (Marli) and I went to the head of junior school (Mr Lear) and the head of the senior school (Mrs Robinson) over a year ago. But sadly the school was full with fundraisers that year so patiently Marli and I waited all this time but finally it happened. There were fun games like pin the surfer on the surfboard, Air Surfing ( It is where you stand on a surfboard and someone takes a photo and there were 3 winning categories - coolest, wackiest and best air surfer), Thong Throwing (you throw a thong at an object), and Guess the Surfer and the Surf Break (no one could guess all of them). For the surf breaks there were Restaurants, Bondi beach and Dee Why and the surfers were Wendy Botha, Carissa Moore and Stephanie Gilmour. The day was really fun and we raised over $1000 which can buy 20 water filters and have 20 more families with clean water.
Kirsty Mitchell, Year 6 teacher, Balgowlah North Public School
"As part of year 6 at Balgowlah North Public School’s topic on global connections, we were lucky enough to have Winter Vincent come and talk to us. Winter gave a short talk to the group and demonstrated how the filter worked. He then answered questions about the filter, about his trips to the Mentawai islands and about his surfing. It was an invaluable experience for the children which provided further interest and an inspiration that no matter who you are.... We can all make a difference”
National Young Leaders Day, Australia
In March, Winter Vincent toured 5 states for National Young Leaders Day with a key-note speech about Surf to School Day shows that Kids Can Make a Difference. He addressed over 15,000 primary school leaders, who spent the day listening to speakers talk about “Mastering the Little” to achieve great things.
Surfing Australia Awards
In February, Surf to School was a finalist in the Surfing Australia Surfing Spirit category. Winter Vincent proudly attended the awards night representing Waves for Water and was the youngest guest by far!
Manly Village Public School
In February, during the Australian Open of Surfing event, MVPS once again got in the spirit of things with it’s 3rd Surf to School Day. The children and teachers participated in a colourful and positive day, raising over $1000.
Zac Tinson, Belair Public School
On December 1st, 2015 Zac Tinson (left) hosted a Surf to School day at his school Belair Public School. He was inspired by his mate, 7 year old Lachlan Smith, who had lead by example and shown that even small kids can make a difference in the world. The kids at the school wore their boardies and made a gold coin donation to raise money for the water filters and the teachers said it was great to see everyone get involved to raise money for such a wonderful cause. Zac's mum commented that she was very proud of him to be involved in such a positive project, helping families in Indonesia have access to clean water, something that we all take for granted. It was a great day and they raised almost $500!