This past weekend, June 22nd, the sun was shining, the Pacific Ocean calm and glassy with playful waves rounding the point at the beautiful Hollister Ranch. A perfect day. This was the first official event of 2013 for A Walk on Water; A non-profit organization that provides water therapy through guided surf instruction to special needs children. It was truly an honor for Caffe Vita to be invited to serve coffee on this special day, brewing French press of Caffe Luna as well as our ice cold Toddy brew. A very special thank you to everyone at Hollister Ranch and A Walk On Water for providing such an amazing experience for these children, their families, ambassadors and volunteers. Please visit A Walk On Water’s website and see how you can get involved!!!
It is finally that time again, summer is right around the corner and A Walk On Water is proud to announce their first official event of 2013! A Walk On Water is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing water therapy through guided surf instruction to special needs children. They will be returning to where it all started, Hollister Ranch, for the first of four events there this year. The event will take place on June 22nd, as it has been delayed for safety purposes.
The morning session will start at 9:30 AM and the afternoon session at 1:00 PM. Lunch will be served from 11:30-12:30 PM. After the event ends at 4:00 PM, the adventure continues at Bulito Beach! Below is a beautiful description of AWOW, and information pertaining to how you can be a part of this program!
Surfing is used as a tool to gain self confidence skills and promote the therapeutic benefits of the sport’s positive effects. Events are dedicated to the children having a safe day experiencing the oceans healing qualities. Children will experience the “stoke” of surfing and sense of accomplishment as family and friends cheer them on from the beach.
Founded by Josh Froley and Pat R. Notaro III the inspiration began 12 years ago at the 1st annual “Pat Notaro Day Malibu Surfers Healing” hosted by Variety Club The Children’s Charity. The event is a tribute to Pat’s late father who was an avid Malibu surfer, member of the Variety Club and Sony Executive. Over 200 autistic children experienced surfing at this years event!
Donating time as instructors and ambassadors for different surf therapy charities both Josh and Pat felt it was necessary to serve all special needs children and their families. Through these experiences they were inspired to do more— create a movement. With the intent to approach “giving back” just like surfing, is cool and fashionable. Creating a brand and a platform to help benefit all surf related charities.
These events are free to the families and all other attendees. Donations are welcome and can be made out to A Walk On Water Inc or by clicking on the donatebutton above. These monies will be appropriated to hold A Walk On Water events and provide relief for the families of special needs children.
Signups are extremely limited, so be sure to sign up here ASAP. We will send out a confirmation email leading up to the event if your child will be participating. If you are unable to make it after signing up, please be sure to let us know ASAP so that we can fill the spot.
For those looking to make it an overnight or weekend adventure, we are in talks with the local hotel to offer discounted room rates – we’ll update this as soon as it’s finalized.
We at AWOW are all so excited for this event and the coming year, we hope you will all be able to join the AWOW family on this adventure! -AWOW
Caffe Vita couldn’t be more excited to be serving coffee to friends and family at this year’s event. We are both humbled, and extremely honored to be a part of these festivities.