WHAT IS WE HEART?
WHILE WE MAY BE “JUST PASSING THROUGH,” SLIDING GRACEFULLY BETWEEN COUNTRIES, FROM BEACHES TO CITIES AND DIFFERENT CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD, WE WANT TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE LOCAL PEOPLE. THIS IS THE MOST FULFILLING PART OF THE JOURNEY. REEF AND OUR GLOBAL AMBASSADORS HAVE A DEEP CONNECTION TO THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE VISIT AND A DEEP RESPECT FOR THE NATURAL WORLD. WE HEART IS OUR HUMANITARIAN OUTREACH DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE PEOPLE IN THE PLACES WHERE REEF AND ITS GLOBAL AMBASSADORS TRAVEL AND SURF, FROM OUR OWN COASTAL COMMUNITIES TO THOSE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD. REEF INVITES YOU TO JOIN #REEFWEHEART AND GET INVOLVED WITH HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED WHEREVER YOU MAY BE JUST PASSING THROUGH.
WE HEART // Oinofyta Refugee Camp, Greece
This summer, Reef Ambassadors Victoria Vergara, Mike Lay and Anna Ehrgott and Reef We Heart made a trip to Greece and helped Armando Aid create and fund education programs, build schools and buy materials for Oinofyta Refugee Camp. Through education and routine it may be possible to give a little hope to an entire generation of young Syrian, Afghani and other Middle Eastern children, a future to aim for and dreams to dream. The $10,000 donation from Reef will finish the school building project as well as fund a school for the Ritsona Refugee Camp.
"I think it's a sign of hope, this camp. This isn't the end game for them. They didn't walk for hundreds and thousands of miles to be in this camp. But this is where they are and it's amazing to see the good work that some of the people are doing here and the good work they are doing themselves to make this into somewhere safe and comfortable to live."
- REEF Ambassador, Mike Lay
REEF CONNECTS WITH KIDS IN BALI
ON A RECENT TRIP THROUGH BALI, REEF AMBASSADORS ROB MACHADO AND BRINKLEY DAVIES CONNECTED WITH THE JODIE O’SHEA ORPHANAGE IN PEDUNGAN AND SPENT THE DAY WITH THE KIDS. IT WAS A DAY FILLED WITH MUSIC, FUN, SURF LESSONS AND A LOT OF LOVE. IN ADDITION, REEF MADE A DONATION OF $11,500 TO FIX THE LEAKY ROOF AND INSTALLED WATER PURIFIERS FOR CLEAN DRINKING WATER."WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED, I WAS KIND OF OVERCOME WITH SADNESS, LOOKING AROUND AND SEEING ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN, THINKING ABOUT THEM NOT HAVING PARENTS", SAID ROB MACHADO. "BEING A DAD, THAT’S A HEAVY THING TO THINK ABOUT. BUT I CAME TO REALIZE THROUGHOUT THE DAY THAT THESE KIDS WERE FAMILY TO EACH OTHER…