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AHC Enables You To Be A Part Of Giving Back

Aloha for Hawaii Charities (AHC) is a unique fundraising opportunity in which charities selected by the Friends Of Hawaii Charities can raise funds through the community’s involvement.

Through AHC, Friends Of Hawaii Charities plans to match a portion of individual donations in an amount to be determined by the Friends of Hawaii Charities.

The Friends Of Hawaii Charities has played a huge role in the transformation of lower Wahiawa and bringing hope to the neighborhood. Specifically, the grants received from FOHC have helped to start and sustain the Ulu Pono after school program. Through this support, dozens of at-risk youth have received tutoring, lessons in art, dance, and music, as well as mentorship and a safe place to enjoy childhood.

The funds received from this Aloha for Hawaii Charities fundraiser will go towards the  cost of maintenance and upkeep of the STN headquarters.

The donation period is now through January 12, 2014, 4:00 PM HST.

To give, visit http://www.friendsofhawaii.org/aloha-hawaii-charities and select ‘ Surfing The Nations’ on their list of charities when prompted.

Thank you for making this holiday season one of Aloha!

STN Staffer Heads To The Philippines!

When you spot Brendon Johnson in the lineup, one of the first things you’ll notice is the 8-rayed Filipino sun tattoo on his upper back.The second thing you might notice is how strange it is that this patriot of the Philippines looks nothing like a Filipino. With blonde hair, blue eyes and standing at over 6 feet tall,you have to wonder what the link is between this american caucasian and a cluster of islands  on the other side of the world.

Brendon grew up in Cebu, Philippines as a child of missionary parents. His family provided a learning center to provide educational material, books and tutoring for children in need. After moving to the mainland for school and spending some time in the US Coast Guard, Brendon ended up in Hawaii at Surfing The Nations. Brendon’s love for the country he was raised in never weakened, and he, along with a few others, started to organize trips to the Philippines through STN. The vision of Surfing The Nations, to be surfers that give back that bring good to communities, was a perfect fit for meeting needs in the islands of the Philippines.

Just a few weeks ago, the storm of all storms hit the Philippines and the destruction was unveiled to the world. Help has been sent through several avenues to the places devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, and now, Brendon is committing the next few months to join in the effort to  help the country he has called home for so many years.

Brendon is joining forces with a team called Reach Global that will be working in the southeastern side of Samar. One of his roles will include being a cultural mediator in the Filipino communities. As well as organizing communication, he’ll be helping out with whatever clean-up, rebuilding and anything else that is needed.

It doesn’t take much to love the Philippines/The natural beauty of the islands are outstanding, and eclipsing that is the warmth and kinndess of the Filipino people. But it does take sacrifice to go: to give money, energy, and time to get in the rubble and help rebuild. It takes willing people like Brendon to go, and behind him there must be a team of willing people to give.

The generosity of many has helped provide the funding for Brendon to fly to the Philippines and start work there. At the moment, he is still in need of $3,900 to be able to stay until March and invest time in more long-term projects.

We are sending him off from Hawaii on December 8th! If you’d like to be a part of the relief work in the Philippines, we can think of no better way than to help an outstanding guy like Brendon. We know he is going to be a great ambassador of hope, comfort and relief in this time.

If you’d like to donate to Brendon’s trip, simply go to the following link and donate securely through Surfers Church donately:

https://surferschurch.dntly.com/fundraiser/1396#/

Brendon with a Filipino grom on Siargao

 

Getting medical supplies ready to go!