Kayu Surfboards – Give Something Back
These times are uncertain, but we all know that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. It may be a matter of weeks or months, but the key is to stay positive, focused and determined. With beaches shut off and businesses closed, it’s hard to come terms with not being able to roam free on the shore and the ocean as we are so used to doing.
Keeping your body and your mind occupied at this time is one of the best ways of coping with the disturbing effects of being isolated or in full Lockdown. We’ve seen some innovative ways of doing so including tarp surfing, surf training, skating and surfboard shaping. With this huge increase in imaginative shore-side exercise routines, it looks like the eventual beach line-up is going to be full of super-fit and healthy surfers. If you haven’t started yet, and you want to be ahead of the pack, it’s time to get training!
If there’s one positive factor in the situation, it’s the fact that the Earth is getting a chance to breathe again. The dramatic drop in traffic, aviation and tourism is an environmental blessing, offering relief to our previously packed-out beaches and shoreline and a major reduction in pollution for our island, the ocean and the skies.
Of course, there are two sides to every story: the welcome relief for the environment but also the negative economic impact on the local community. With 80% of Bali relying on tourism as its prime source of income, this is a devastating blow for the local community where many have lost jobs and are struggling to survive. During these times please try to buy your groceries in the local market/warung rather than supermarkets, helping to support people in the local community who are so dependent on our custom..
This is such a major concern I hope we will all do our best to give something back to those who have done so much to welcome us to this beautiful place we visit and some of us are lucky enough to call home.
There are already some great projects underway with people organising food hampers, free food offerings, and giving as much support as they can to help others. One organisation, BALI AID 2020, is organising a fundraiser in the aid of Scholars of Sustenance (S.O.S). Their aim is to deliver food and support to all those that need it the most, helping struggling communities in every way they can.
A Bali Aid 2020 Go Fund Me page has been set up and, with a staggering $15,000 already donated towards the $50,000 target, the donations are already helping secure the lives of people in the greatest difficulties. The organisation is strictly volunteer-based, so 100% of donations raised go towards the aims stated above. The smallest donation can make a life changing difference, so if you can spare even a little to give back to Bali’s people in need, please visit their Go Fund Me page on https://www.gofundme.com/f/go-bali-aid-2020.
Please share this message and link with anyone you can to ensure the safety and survival of all our wonderful Balinese friends – it is the very least we can do.
Stay healthy and stay true,