Cronulla Public School
Surf to School Day, June 10th.
The idea came about during our fortnightly Student Representative Council meeting. Students were shown a short film of Winter Vincent at the H... read more
Cronulla Public School
Surf to School Day, June 10th.
The idea came about during our fortnightly Student Representative Council meeting. Students were shown a short film of Winter Vincent at the Hurley AOS and what he has been doing through his Waves for Water Surf to School initiative. Instantly the SRC were very inspired and decided they wanted to help Winter out by hosting a Surf to School Day of their own.
All students assembled in the school hall for a special assembly awaiting for some very important guests. With excitement building it was finally revealed to the Cronulla Public School students that Winter Vincent was attending the school to present. Straight from the beautiful nearby beach after a morning surf, Winter arrived at our school. Winter presented a very thourough and engaging presentation in which the students learnt about what the Surf to School program is all about, where the money raised will be going and how the water filters work.
To further students knowledge and understanding of the water filters Winter showcased the simple yet efficient water filter device. A lucky student was chosen from the crowd to sample the clean water produced. After the water filter demonstration Winter was asked a number of questions. A question proposed to Winter from a kindergarten class asked, 'why he (Winter) was so nice?'
Winter Vincent, Cooper Chapman (Hurley team rider) and Melanie Koeman (Winter's mum) made their way down to the year five classroom for an intimate question and answer time along with some interaction time with one and other.
Some great friendships were formed during this time and some great information was exchanged between all in attendance. We are thankful for their time and effort given to make this Surf to School Day the best experience possible for Cronulla Public School students. A total of $398 was collected to help Winter achieve his goal on providing clean drinking water to those in need.
Some quotes from Year 5 students, (the same age as Winter) -
- I had a wonderful day and learnt so much from Winter Vincent about his Waves 4 Water. It is amazing that he is only 10 and he is already changing the world. He is saving so many lives. I also wish I could surf like him."
- I had a lot of fun being in the presence of a 10 year old boy who is going through all this trouble of being so nice to people and so generous to them. Thank you Winter"
- This day was really great and we all had a load of fun. Winter has started something that will help a lot of unfortunate people. So now we know kids can make a difference and Winter has inspired me to make a difference."
Point Lonsdale Primary School
On Tuesday the 2nd of June Point Lonsdale Primary School ran a Surf to School day. It happened to be typical cold Victorian weather on the day but we still had a few people with board shorts and hula skirts. It was great for the whole school (150 people) involved in the Surf to School day! We didn't have one person in the whole school wearing school clothes!!!!!! We fortunately raised $208.60! It was fantastic to incorporate surfing with a casual clothes day and to be able to help other communities. We have lots of surfers of all ages throughout the school so the "Surf To School Day" appealed to everybody!
We have lots of people from our school escaping the Victorian weather to go over to Indonesia for the amazing surf so they were very happy that it was going to such a beautiful country to help young children have clean water.
Thank-you, Lucy Naylor and Point Lonsdale Primary School.
Lachlan Smith, Newcastle Grammar
My name is Lachlan I am 7 years old and I first heard about Waves 4 water when I was watching Winter Vincent on You Tube. I showed my parents that I too could help get clean water to those that need by doing a Surf to School fundraiser just like Winter.
My school principle loved the idea when Mum and I presented it to her so on the 19th of June International surfing day, all the student and teachers at my school Newcastle Grammar participated in a surf to school circuit day! It was crazy fun with 200 plus students all completing the challenges and having fun, some of the older student made cup cakes to sell and we had a raffle of some amazing Hurley gear! It was a huge success and we raised an amazing $1400 on the day.
During the lead up to the fundraiser, ABC radio in Newcastle heard about what I was doing and contacted my mum and asked if would like to come into the studio and talk about Waves for water and my fundraiser day.
I met Jill Emberson and she interviewed me live on radio, it was awesome and I felt great being able to make other kids aware of how they too can help make a difference in getting clean water to those that need.
I currently have raised $2,500 USD and hope to reach $3,000
News from Lachlan...
"A few days before my Surf to School Day, Nepal was hit by a terrible earthquake. I was really upset about the devastation that I saw and so asked that the funds I raised go towards helping Nepal. With the blessing of Surf to School, the funds were directed to the Nepal Relief Project." http://www.wavesforwater.org/fundraiser/7-year-old...