€9,745 of €4,500 goal

Raised by 167 people in 5 months
Created August 11, 2018
Sara and Sam Hunt

The Project

With Welcome Wave we want to share our ocean and the unique joy of surfing with disadvantaged children living in Direct Provision Centres in Cork City and Clonakilty. We will bring 24 children between the ages of eight and eighteen, for four surf therapy sessions to Inchydoney Beach in West Cork. This project is a collaborative between Sara and Sam Hunt, who are motivated in remembrance of their daughter Zoey, and Like Water, a social change initiative founded by surfer-scientist Dr. Easkey Britton one of Ireland's most accomplished surfers.

The Children

The Irish Refugee Council recently reported that there are circa 2,000 children living in Direct Provision in Ireland. Some of these children were born here in Ireland and have lived in Direct Provision for their whole lives.  They face a number of challenges due to their circumstances including lack of access to a natural environment, overcrowding, lack of play spaces, exclusion etc.

The Inspiration

Sara and Sam have a love for surfing and the ocean, it is what brought them together and makes them happy. They sadly lost their daughter Zoey, after a few days of life, in March 2018. They wish to celebrate her short life through enabling other children, who also face very hard challenges, to discover and enjoy our beautiful ocean and the thrill of catching their first wave.  With the help of Dr. Easkey and Like Water, the surf therapy experience will include a structured approach to maximize the therapeutic benefit for the children. Surf therapy has proven benefits for health, especially psycholgical wellbeing and social connection. And it will be FUN. 

The Details

All funds raised since the start of the project are recorded on this GoFundme Page. So essentially,  that means we have been incredibly lucky and over funded the September 2018 Welcome Wave project, and are now gratefully accepting donations for running Welcome Wave in Spring and Summer 2019, where we hope to expand it beyond just 2 Direct Provision Centres.

The following is the breakdown of costs for the 4 week session that we ran in September 2018. 

 Cost Breakdown for 4 Week Session
- 4 Surf lessons for 24 children @ €20 euro = €1,920
- 1 Bus to collect the children from 2 locations @ €350 per day = €1,400
- Lunch for 24 children and 24 volunteers @ €15 = €720
- Contingency & small take home gift on completion = €460
- Total = €4,500

Why Donate?

We are so grateful for your donation. You are extending a welcoming hand to those who have come to our shores and really do need our help in whatever small way you can manage. Hopefully the project will be a success and may encourage similar initiatives to happen elsewhere. For Sara and Sam, you will help celebrate Zoey’s life in a positive way. For Easkey this project is a special way to share the healing power of the ocean to connect. 

Upon completion of this project we will share a video with you all, showing the enjoyment and healing benefits the children have experienced during this program.


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Image Credit: Braedon Ryan
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Update 5
Posted by Sara Hunt
2 months ago
Thank you so so much for your incredible generosity. Thanks to joe.ie for the wonderful video. We have just shared the link to the video and hope you see the real joy your donation has brought to these kids. It was a privilege to spend time with them in the water and we look forward to next spring when we hope to continue the project when the weather warms up. Many thanks to you all again for supporting this project, Sara, Sam and Easkey
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Update 3
Posted by Sara Hunt
3 months ago
Dear donors,
Thank you so much for your incredible support so far. Today is the last session of WELCOME WAVE until the weather improves in spring. We have had a brilliant time so far. We can’t wait to share a short video with you soon to show you how worthwhile your donation has been.
So many thanks!
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Update 2
Posted by Sara Hunt
4 months ago
Dear Friends, Family, Donors,

We are so incredibly grateful for all of the donations we have received. Truly amazing to see your generosity and willingness to extend a welcoming hand to the children in the Direct Provision centres in Clonakilty and Kinsale Road. We quickly exceeded our funding target and are hoping to use the excess funds raised to run further sessions for children from another DP centre. We are actively looking for a centre (possibly in the west of ireland) who we can work with on this.

We are busy finalising the details for the programme starting on September 8th here in Cork. We met some of the children in both centres this week and they are very excited and looking forward to taking part. We look forward to sharing the video with you and further updates soon.

Thank you all so much
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