Iniciativa do atleta @robinsonhilario 👉 kite = valor social! 👊👏🏄
Regrann from @robinsonhilario - I always been proud to be 🇩🇴 to have been born on an island where I feel at home in the ocean more than I do on land. I've been so fortunate to make a career from my love for 🌊 and my passion for kiteboarding. Cabarete is known as a world-class kiting, wind surfing, and surfing 🏄🏾 spot, but it is still home to some of the poorest communities in the Dominican Republic. In fact, 1 in 3 Dominicans live in extreme poverty. As a professional kiteboarder, i know that competing is not forever. As such, I've diversified my skill set by teaching kiting, and getting my IKO certification. When you look at the monetary investment that it would someone in poverty (with an average spend of $1.25 USD per day) to make, the barrier to entry is so high. Full kite setup = $3,000. IKO certification = $1000 💸💸💸💸. I'm launching my non-profit, Kiteboarding Colectivo with 2 goals in mind:
1) To provide equipment on (free) loan to youth on the beach that want to learn how to kite (and I will also donate my time to assist them in the process). It will be available in a locker right on kite beach and they can sign it out and back in.
2) To provide scholarships for youth to become IKO certified so they can make a sustainable living and earn more (~4x someone who doesn't have certification). I can't do any of this without your support so I'm calling on my kite family: 📣 If you have old equipment you're looking to get rid of, please consider donating it to my cause, or let me know how much you're willing to part with it for. I'm happy to pay for shipping to receive your equipment. Please message me!! As a next step, I will also set up a system so I can receive donations and applications for scholarships so stay tuned for that! .
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