Unlikely circumstances call for unlikely heroes. Locals such as professional surfer Willow-River Tonkin have taken the situation in stride. Stepping out of his comfort zone to raise funds and support for those most affected by the crisis, on May 17th, he will be running a marathon around his residence.
“That is 42.195 kilometres. 211 Laps around the building (1 lap = 200m),” he said. Despite his lack of experience as a runner, Willow has committed to “running, walking, crawling or rolling my way to the finish line.”
Hope House believes in empowering the youth by giving them the tools to overcome negativity and create brighter futures for themselves. Willow has worked with the local NGO for a number of years. They provide a workshop and training for entrepreneurial spirits to craft and market their creations. They host swimming, surfing and sport projects for youth, but also for struggling, working moms weekly.
Their vision is to help these women break fear, learn to surf and enjoy some well deserved time for themselves. They also support the creation of eco friendly housing for those in need and providing sustainable water sources from rain harvesting.
Hope House has backed Willow’s initiative, saying it aligns closely to their belief that everyone has something to give that will make a difference.
The run will also support the I61 Foundation which helps to connect NGOs and their projects with donors that share passion and social responsibility goals.
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