Surf charities benefit from Keller Foundation

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For North Carolina’s surf school charities, July is Helen Keller Foundation Month.

“We want to leave the world a better place,” said Keller Johnson-Thompson, announcing a three-year program supporting North Carolina surf camps for visually- and hearing-impaired children.

Johnson-Thompson is the great-grandniece of Helen Keller, who was born both deaf and blind, but left an inspirational legacy of achievement against insurmountable odds through her foundation’s advocacy mission. Johnson-Thomas serves as vice president of the foundation based in Tuscumbia, Ala.

“As water opened doors for Helen Keller, surf camps tap inner-joy and self-confidence, removing barriers for the future,” said Jack Viorel, president of North Carolina’s Indo Jax Surf Charities, one of the foundation’s beneficiaries.

Johnson-Thompson agreed. “We know surf camp will open doors and opportunities for these kids,” she said.

Wrightsville Beach and surrounding communities have a long history of reaching out to special needs kids and adults. Organizers of Indo Jax and Ocean Cure charity camps also participate in Surfers Healing for children with autism; Wounded Warriors surf camps; juvenile diabetes and cystic fibrosis camps.

Volunteers are needed for the following Indo Jax Surf Charities:

 

July 28-31 – Hearing Impaired Surf Camp

Aug. 11-14 – Boys and Girls Home of Waccamaw

Aug. 18 – Surfers Healing

Aug. 19-21 – Autism Surf Camp

Sept. 13 -Wounded Warriors Camp

Contact: Jack Viorel, phone 910-274-3565, email
Jack@IndoJaxSurfSchool.com

 

Ocean Cure Charity Camps:

Aug. 4-7 – Wounded Warrior Project Surf Camp

Aug. 16 – Visually Impaired Camp

Aug. 18 – 21 – Autism Camp

Sept. 16 and Oct. 1 – Little Pink Houses of Hope

Contact: Kevin Murphy,
Ocean Cure Charity Camps, phone  910-431-0594

— Marimar McNaughton

 

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