Stand up for a better world!

TOGETHER WE HELP, WITH EVERY BOARD PURCHASE

At MOAI, we want to give back and make the world a better place for everyone.
Anyone deserves to enjoy our natures, and play on the water.

In 2018 we started collaborating with the Waves 4 Change charity in South Africa to support their amazing work in changing lives, one wave at a time. In 2019 we will continue to expand the number of partners we work with. Your MOAI purchase will help to make donations happen and make the world a better place for everyone. Going forward we also strive to make our products as environment friendly as possible. We will share information about our upcoming initiatives and charity collaborations via our website, our newsletter and on our social channels.

WAVES FOR CHANGE

MOAI collaborates with the Waves for Change organization in Africa to support their amazing work in changing lives, one wave at a time. Together with Waves for Change, we create a better future for children in Africa that are affected by violence, poverty and conflict. With every MOAI board purchase, we will donate products, and are able to help the amazing work of the Waves for Change organization.

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W4C was founded by Ashoka Fellow Tim Conibear, who spent time in South Africa after graduating from university in the UK. An avid surfer, Tim spent every free moment he had surfing. In 2009 he started a small surfing club in Masiphumelele Township. The club centred around voluntary weekend surfing sessions, which soon grew when local community members – Apish Tshetsha and Bongani Ndlovu – volunteered to lead and expand the club.

Apish and Bongani recognised that surfing was a great way to engage young people, who soon started sharing their stories and challenges. In an effort to provide more social support, the trio reached out to local social services only to realise that local services were heavily under-resourced. A gap was identified.

Daily exposure to violence and stress means many South Africans suffer from acute emotional and psychological stress. In the absence of emotional support, the stress often manifests in anti-social and high-risk behaviour, placing many young South Africans at-risk. Early surfing sessions showed that participants noted improved feelings of belonging, strength, trust and confidence – key pillars of wellbeing. This was reflected in their behaviour as noted by teachers and parents.

The trio crew, teamed up with mental health professionals and development experts to develop, what today is, an award winning Surf Therapy programme. W4C operates in some of the most at-risk communities in South Africa and Africa.

WWF

Together we make the difference

MOAI donates an amount of money to the WWF every year. We are happy to support the WWF’s projects to protect the ocean. Two thirds of our earth consists of the ocean. Unfortunately, our ocean is becoming increasingly polluted and overfished. As water sports enthusiasts, we love to do our bit to keep the oceans clean and protect nature and marine life by supporting the World Wildlife Fund in reaching their goals. We are convinced that the ocean and aquatic life should not suffer from mishandling the ocean.

The biggest threats for the ocean are overfishing, bycatch, fishing techniques, pollution, plastic soup and climate change. The WWF is trying to protect the ocean by protecting sea areas, making agreements on sustainable fishing, stopping plastic pollution, planting mangroves and growing coral. With this, the World Wildlife Fund want to achieve the following goals:

  • By 2030, 30% of the areas that we protect from WWF-NL will be well managed by a sustainable approach.
  • By 2030, sustainable fishing will be implemented in 30% of the areas we focus on from WWF-NL. This ensures food security, reduced pressure on animal species at the top of the food chain, sustainable solutions for companies, and reduction of the plastic problem.

Pink Ribbon

Support women with breast cancer

With the MOAI women’s paddle board, MOAI supports the great work of Pink Ribbon. 1 in 7 women will develop breast cancer. Pink Ribbon is committed to a better life for breast cancer patients in all phases of the disease. By raising money, Pink Ribbon finances research into the treatment, aftercare and long-term effects of breast cancer. With every purchase of our pink women’s board we donate money to Pink Ribbon. Together we stand (up) for a better world and a better life for breast cancer patients.

Pink Ribbon has been committed to fighting breast cancer since 2003. Since 2016, Pink Ribbon has been part of the Dutch Cancer Society KWF. Together they are committed to reducing cancer and getting it under control. Pink Ribbon finances projects and research in the field of treatment, aftercare and long-term effects of breast cancer. With the aim of a better and longer life for (ex) breast cancer patients.

 

Plastic Whale Foundation

Together we fight for plastic-free waters

Plastic soup is a world wide growing problem. Plastic waste pollutes the world’s waters, causing animals in and around the water to become entangled or even suffocate in the plastic waste. Because the fish swallow that plastic, we end up getting it back on our plates. The Plastic Whale Foundation is engaged in fishing waste from the water. MOAI sponsors the Plastic Whale Foundation with a logo on one of the boats. With this we want to support the Plastic Whale Foundation in the removal of plastic waste in the waters.

Plastic Whale Foundation fights for plastic-free waters. They create social awareness for the problem and take action with as many people as possible by fishing plastic. For example, the Plastic Whale Foundation organizes public events that are free for everyone. Boat or no boat, everyone can participate. But above all they want to involve the youth through their school program. The Plastic Whale Foundation is currently active in the waters in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, but has the ambition to eventually operate worldwide.