Support swells for South West Surfing Charity with £15,000 donated by local business Mercedes-Benz South West.
As a proud contributor to Laureus Sport for Good, Mercedes-Benz South West recognises the inspirational power of sport as a force for good.
They have donated over £15,000 in 2017 to support Laureus projects with one beneficiary being Cornish-born surf therapy service, The Wave Project.
Laureus Sport for Good is a global charity that uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage for young people and supports more than 100 sports-based community programmes in 35 countries worldwide. Their aim is to combat social challenges facing young children and young people through utilising sports.
Mercedes-Benz South West are delighted to make a yearly contribution to the cause.
Mike Wickins, Mercedes-Benz South West Managing Director, said “All of us at Mercedes-Benz South West are proud to support Laureus Sport for Good and we are particularly moved to see this contribution make a difference in the communities local to us. The Wave Project is truly an inspiring and valuable cause which reminds us all of the importance of physical activity to our mental and physical wellbeing.”
The Wave Project began in 2010 as a volunteer-led pilot scheme funded by the NHS. The project provided free one-one-one surfing lessons for young people in Cornwall who were in touch with mental health or social services, were socially isolated or at risk of social exclusion.
The resounding success of this trial on the attendees’ self-confidence, motivation and social skills propelled The Wave Project to become a charity that is now capable of working with up to 150 children per week across 20 locations throughout Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Wight.
Wave Project CEO, Joe Taylor, said “We are absolutely delighted to be supported by Mercedes-Benz and are extremely grateful for this generous donation.
“These funds will help us train more volunteer surf mentors to deliver free surf therapy for vulnerable young people.
“Last year we supported over 800 children and young people and helped them to be more resilient to challenges in their lives as well as improving their outlook and sense of self-belief.
“It is great that the value of this work has been recognised by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Mercedes-Benz.”
Vicky Lowe, Head of Development for Laureus Sport for Good, said “The Wave Project is having a deep impact on young people’s lives and truly demonstrates how the power of sport can be used. Thanks to our partnership with Mercedes-Benz UK, Laureus is able to support more than 20 projects in the UK that use a variety of sports to help young people overcome social issues. ”
For more information on The Wave Project and how you can show your support visit: https://www.waveproject.co.uk/
To follow the work of Laureus Sport for Good please visit www.laureus.com