District Project

2017-2018 NC District Projects 
 
SURFERS HEALING (AUGUST 21, 2017)

The North Carolina District will partner with Surfers Healing North Carolina Chapter as a sponsor for the Camp at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

The goal of the District Project is to have every club in the District include participation in this camp in their 2017-2018 Plans of work.  Clubs can choose from several options listed below to tailor their support to their club and member’s interest. 

Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz, whose son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age 3.  Isaiah, who suffered from sensory overload, seemed to find peace and calm in the ocean, and his father, a former professional surfer, began to take him surfing.  Eventually, the couple began to host day camps at the beach, giving other autistic children a chance to surf.

Hampstead, NC resident John Pike, who is now the director of the Wrightsville Beach chapter, heard about the program and contacted the organization about bringing the event, centered primarily on the West Coast, to North Carolina.  This year's camp will mark Surfer's Healing's 12th visit to Wrightsville Beach, and organizers have been working hard to ensure that as many children as possible can participate.  This is the first year that they have added a second day camp for surfing because the demand has been so great.

Each Club can support this worthwhile project by a combination of the following:

1. Sponsor a Camper for $75.00
  • Covers cost of life vests, wet suits, surfboards, beach permits, and insurance
  • Funds will also sponsor families who are not able to afford the trip.
 2. Volunteer
  • Beach set-up, registration table, T-shirt sales, goodie bag distribution, 
  • Food/refreshments serving, medal distribution, family relations, life vest station
  • Beach clean-up, EMS - first aid and others.

Every year, Surfers Healing holds a surf camp for children with autism and their families.  Parents get to see their child's enthusiasm and joy in riding the waves.  They get to connect with other families who understand what it is like to have a child with autism.

This year's camp will be held in Wrightsville Beach, NC on
August 21, 2017.

Opportunities to volunteer and to sponsor a camper are on the website.

For more information, visit - www.surfershealing.org
Find them on Facebook - Surfers Healing - Wrightsville Beach
Watch them in action and in national news interviews on youtube.com - Surfers Healing


                                                               







CAMP CAREFREE (OCTOBER 6 - 8, 2017)

The North Carolina District will partner with the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina's Camp Carefree. This camp will be held October 6th - 8th in Stokesdale, NC. Camp Carefree is the only camp experience for brain injury survivors in North Carolina and is sponsored by BIANC. This wonderful event is funded through donations and staffed by volunteers. Camp Carefree supports 150 campers and their families. Check website for more information. www.bianc.net
  
Campers come in all ages and have varied skill levels based on their injury. The camp provides a relaxed, safe and fun environment for campers to have a normal camp experience. Campers can take part in activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, skill building, and arts & crafts. They can also attend a dance and share stories around a campfire. Pilots who have attended in the past can attest that this is a life-changing experience for all.

How can Pilots participate?
The options for club or individual participation are as follows:

1. Sponsor one or more campers for $150 each.

2. Make a monetary donation to help cover other expenses.
  • These funds cover items such as insurance, golf cart rental for camper transportation, T-shirts, food and chef, medical and program supplies.  
3. Provide hands-on service during the camp.
  • Registration activities, coffee detail, food preparation, set up and serving, and/or monitoring camper events.        
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