Shutterway has recently done yet another unique installation of a galvanised security gate, this time for the Waves for Change organisation. Pro Surfer, Frank Solomon, one of the Waves For Change ambassadors, approached Shutterway for this project.
Shutterway predominantly works with homeowners, so this was a bit of a different brief: to manufacture and install a galvanised security gate on the lifesavers shipping container for the storage of Waves For Change equipment at Hout Bay beach. To help in getting the unit secured for Waves For Change for as little as possible, we decided that as a socially responsible company we would manufacture and install the galvanised security gate at cost.
Waves for Change is a child-friendly trauma-counselling programme that use surfing as therapy. They give children skills to cope with stress, regulate behaviour, build healing relationships, and make positive life choices. To achieve this they provide them with safe spaces, caring mentors and Surf Therapy sessions. Children attend a weekly class where a unique curriculum helps them master behaviours proven to increase resilience to trauma, and cope with stress.
In order to facilitate these programmes, mentors have to be identified within the local community and trained to open programmes for the local youth. Training includes surf instructor qualifications, lifesaving qualifications, and first aid. They are also taught how to facilitate group discussions and work with vulnerable youth. Waves For Change have sites in Masiphumelele, Monwabisi, Lavender Hill, Port Elizabeth, East London and even in Harper, Liberia.
With awards like the Laureus Sport For Good, Impumelelo Social Innovations and the Youth Ministerial Award, one does not need more motivation to support such an incredible initiative.
There are various ways to support or contribute to the Waves For Change programmes:
- By subscribing for the Zigzag magazine, they contribute R50
- Shop online at Amazon to donate a % of your purchase
- By clicking on the “Donate to W4C” icon on their Get Involved page
- You can also volunteer