Paddle for Liberia

Paddle for Liberia

W4C is raising money to support surf therapy for kids in Liberia affected by the Civil War and recent Ebola epidemic.

£3,165 raised of £5,000 target 63 %
88 supporters 5 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 10:00pm 30th September 2017

Calling all paddlers...join W4C on an epic journey down the Thames as we raise money to deliver surf therapy in Liberia.

Select the 'FUNDRAISER PACKAGE' and for £50 you will receive your board hire, entry to the paddle and a post race pack - all we ask is that you fundraise as much as you can to help us reach our goal. 

The paddle will take you on a 30km journey past some of London's most iconic sites before celebrating with friends and family at an unmissable after-party.  The challenge is open to all, providing a great day of fun whilst raising money for a hugely worthwhile cause...

The aftermath of a brutal civil war and a devastating Ebola epidemic has left Liberia with the enormous task of rebuilding. Financial support from politicians and international donors has helped to kick-start the repair process but there still lies a long road ahead. One of the biggest issues is engaging youth; a youth who in their short lifetime have experienced such levels of trauma, it is unimaginable for most to understand. 

In February 2017, W4C began piloting a surf therapy programme in the coastal town of Harper.  With the help of local partners, the programme has made a successful start with approximately 70 children, between the ages of 9 to 20, coming to the beach after school, Monday - Thursday.  With the revered 'Mr Ross' at the helm, the W4C team in Harper are doing amazing work using surf therapy to teach these local kids the skills they need to process stress, regulate behaviour and build trusting relationships. 

 Help us continue these efforts by establishing a permanent programme in Harper. Taking part in our Thames SUP challenge and raising funds will enable us to train more coaches, provide food, buy equipment, provide transport and ultimately increase the number of children who can benefit from surf therapy!