Looking back on the 2014 Volcom Pipe Pro, there were a lot highlights for Give Clean Water. It was great to share with the world, the great partnership between Volcom and Give Clean Water, and our mutual commitment to sustainability.
Each day the contest ran, Give Clean Water gave live water filter demonstrations for contest attenders, and got to talk about the great contributions Volcom has made to the country of Fiji. Here’s a summary of those highlights:
Before 2012, the Fijian villages of Momi, Nabila, Yako, and Cuvu, all suffered from frequent cases of diarrhea and other water borne diseases due to contaminated water supply. In 2012 and 2013, during the Volcom Fiji Pro, Volcom, Tavarua Island, and Island’s Restaurants came together to donate water filters to each of these villages representing 272 families…nearly 1500 people.
Give Clean Water and the Ministry of Health followed up with every family on a monthly basis, re-educating them on the importance of using and cleaning their filters every day, and documenting changes in health. We’re happy to say, that to date, in 100% of these villages, there is clean, bacteria free drinking water in every home. There have been no outbreaks of water borne sickness in any of these villages!
Meanwhile, at the Volcom Pipe Pro:
In addition to the daily demos at the booth, Give Clean Water was able to give a sustainable clean drinking water assembly to the students and teachers of Sunset Beach elementary school. Volcom has really made a major impact on this school, donating tens of thousands of dollars towards improving the education of the children. During the assembly, kids were taken on a geographical journey to the islands of Fiji, and saw first hand, the rural water problems that exist.
The kids learned many ways in which drinking water can become contaminated, and learned how Volcom has partnered with Give Clean Water to provide a sustainable clean drinking water solution for 4 villages and 2 schools.
The assembly was on Finals day of the contest, so after school, many of the kids came across the street to watch the finals. Tons of kids stopped by the Give Clean Water booth because they wanted to take their turn filtering dirty water through the water filter system they had just learned about! They asked lots of questions and were excited about how they could be a part of changing people’s lives in Fiji.
The Give Clean Water booth was right next to the Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii booth where kids got to learn about keeping their beaches clean while reducing plastic usage. From the booth traffic, our futures are in good hands with these kids who share a passion for a sustainable future!