"Life Rolls On: They Will Surf Again". It was something that I decided I wanted to get involved with after attending a benefit concert in February 2010. During the concert, I saw "Wrightsville Beach" pop up on the screen and wondered why I had never heard about this organization. So... if you don't know anything about Life Rolls On (LRO)... it's a subsidiary of the Dana & Christopher Reeve Foundation that was founded by Jesse Billauer, a young surfer who was left quadriplegic after a wave pushed him head first into a shallow sandbar. His story is really really inspiring and motivating... I would highly recommend everyone watching "Jesse's Story."
I would also... tell anyone and everyone (my friends will vouch for it!)... that if you can ever volunteer for "They Will Surf Again"... you must. It's one of the most inspiring things to be a part of. Words can't begin to describe it and pictures can't capture how unbelievably amazing it is... you have to be there to feel the energy... to see the hope, happiness and witness the freedom.
During the event, I had a container of cigarette butts on display for playing "Guess How Many"... and we-- Bonnie, Ginger, my kids and I-- constructed a giant footprint in the sand to help raise awareness to the amount of litter-- especially plastics-- picked up off our beach! From plastic water bottles to kids toys... all of the litter in the footprint (minus the containers of cigarettes we displayed) was picked up by my friends Ginger and John on their Monday morning turtle walks during nesting season. What they were able to do during their morning walks... is just more proof that with simple actions we DO make a difference.
Having the footprint on display during the event, had many advantages. The obvious is that people were interested, but what was also great about it is that kids came to borrow toys that were in the footprint. :)
Happy Raptoberfest... get your rethinking, reducing and reusing on. Join your local Chapter of Surfrider... get involved in an organization that makes you feel awesome because you're doing awesome. Do something that matters... and most importantly have fun. :)
This post is dedicated to my Grandpa.
September 20, 1927- October 1, 2011