COMMUNITY IS AS COMMUNITY DOES
“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community”
"Community” - a small or large social unit (a group of living things) that has something in common, such as norms, religion, values, or identity. The English-language word "community" derives from the Old French comuneté, which comes from the Latin communitas "community", "public spirit" (from Latin communis, "shared in common").
Red Snapper Sports has been built on community. From the very beginning, we wanted create a sense of wellbeing, acceptance, belonging and commonality - whilst promoting care and respect for nature and the beautiful planet we share the natural world with.
We were lucky enough to be invited down to the official press launch of Paddle Round The Pier 2019 this weekend and caught up with some of the groups and organisations we share our community with and whose foundations are built on that very same ethos.
The Swimming Community was well represented. The wonderful Salty Seabirds/Seabirds Limited were in attendance, as were. “ISWIM” (an open water swimming club who operate from Brighton Sailing Club) and both these organisations have two things in common (other than water and swimming). They both actively promote improved health and wellbeing through that magical connection with water and they have also both benefited from the support of Paddle Round The Pier's Community Funding Platform.
The Surfing Community were well represented. We met with Rob and Dave from The Wave Project - a charity that has grown in stature over recent years. The Wave Project brings people together through surfing. Their evidence-based surf therapy programme has been proven to help young people feel less anxious and more positive.
In September 2010, a group of 20 young people sat on the beach in Cornwall, with a range of mental health disorders. Some participants had been self-harming, others experienced severe anxiety, low mood or depression. One participant was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Yet to watch them on the beach, none of this was visible. This was the start of The Wave Project – the world’s first ‘surf therapy’ course funded by a government health service. The NHS had agreed to fund this as a pilot scheme, with a view to providing further funding if it was found to be effective. Nine years on and they have changed the lives of hundreds of young people and operate in 12 locations around the country, including here in Brighton. They two have received the support, help and encouragement of Paddle Round The Pier, through the charities funding program.
The paddle board community was represented by Red Snapper Sports. Since our inception in 2017, through to our launch in 2018 - to our existence now as young but upcoming and forward thinking sports brand, we have actively promoted the benefits of connecting with nature and the healing power of water - both on the mind, the body and the soul. It was our absolute pleasure to be given the opportunity last year to provide paddle boards and equipment to Releasing Potential, through the PRTP funding program. Based in Chichester, this fantastic organisation started our Jan 2001 and has now created a school for children with special educational needs, a Sailing Academy for children who are looked after (In care and fostered) and an education engagement programme amongst other things.
You can read their story and testimonial here.
When you think of community - you think of "connecting people" and no other company in the city connects communities and individuals like the Bus Company. Running day and night, 365 days of the year, this great stalwart of the city links us all. They are making great strides towards reducing their impact on the environment, by working with the council, who have developed a number of successful strategies to cut air pollution, including securing government funding to fit 76 buses and 22 taxis with clean air technology, introducing a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and establishing an Air Quality Programme Board. They support many local charities and they are the “Official Transport Partner” for Paddle Round The Pie and will be operating the FREE shuttle bus service between Brighton Station and Paddle Round the Pier on Hove Lawns.
PADDLE ROUND THE PIER
Paddle Round the Pier is a Brighton & Hove based charity that promotes water based activities and hosts the world’s biggest free beach festival every July. After operating costs, all the money raised at the festival is distributed to local groups through a grant application process. The amount of funding available each year varies, as it is entirely dependent on donations made during the event. The grant applications for 2019 are now open. You can find out more here - or check out their website to find out how you can join and support this wonderful community.
We are proud to be part of the water sports community - and proud to be part of the Brighton and Hove community. But most of all, we are proud of all our brothers and sisters in arms that play their part, no matter how big or small, in improving the lives of others.
All photo credits go to the wonderful Nick Ford of Nick Ford Photography
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