day at the beach ™
AccesSurf’s Mission: providing beach access and therapeutic ocean activities in a safe and barrier free environment. We invite anyone with any type of cognitive or physical disability and their family members to discover their own level of abilities in the ocean environment.
Participants range in ages from 3 to 83 and have included paraplegics, quadriplegics, amputees, cerebral palsy, blind, autism, multiple sclerosis, downs syndrome, and others.
Mark is the founder of AccesSurf that I have had the priviledge to work with on a few events and it's been amazing. Was talking to him recently and the conversation came up that he is in need of dedicated people who want to help out every 1st Saturday of the month to setup at 7:00am for what is called "Day at the Beach", so I thought I would put it out to the group to see who would be interested in helping with this great cause. There is no commitments or requirements expected of you to keep coming out if you choose to help, any help would be greatly appreciated!
About 90 families who have members with disabilities come out for this event every month to participate in water sports, friendly association and "a day at the beach". There is special matting that needs to be laid out to allow some who are unable, to be able to wheel along the beach as well as tents and tables to be set up along with surfboards and standup paddle boards to be staged along the beach. Once we get all set up, you're more than welcome to volunteer with anything else they need or just simply enjoy a Day at the Beach, including the boards that are supplied if they are available.
A training session on the last Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, is mandatory prior to volunteering with AccesSurf to maintain the highest level of quality and safety in our programs. This is mainly required for those who are wanting to work with those needing assistance in the water and working with individuals. This is not needed for setup and breakdown.
Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific
226 North Kuakini Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
This month, I'm already signed up for the Ford Island Bridge Run on this day but will be heading out immediately after I'm completed, but feel free to head out there, let them know you're with H.O.T. and there to assist in anyway you can.
Feel free to check out their website (www.accessurf.org (http://www.accessurf.org/)) and other programs they run including Wounded Warrior and Surf Lessons.
Mahalo in advance for your time and effort and we'll see you on the beach!
Directions to White Plains Beach from Honolulu:
Interstate H1 West towards Waianae Take exit 2 toward Kapolei/Kalaeloa. (0.2 miles) Turn Left at stop light onto Makakilu Dr. (0.3 miles) Makakilo Dr becomes Fort Barrette Rd. (0.8 miles) Continue straight on Fort Barrette Road Enter through Barbers Point main gate Turn left onto Franklin D Roosevelt Rd. (1 miles) Follow the “ Blue ” beach cottage signs Turn right on Coral Sea (1.5 miles) Turn Left on Tripoli (.5 miles) Turn Right into White Plains Beach Circle Enter parking Lot, we will be on the Grassy area to the left of Beach Concession
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