The Pope supports surfing charity
Bringing a whole different meaning to ‘rad(ical) Catholic…!’
It turns out the Pope supports the charity Surfers Not Street Children (SNSC): a project that empowers ex-street children as they move towards adulthood. The team is led by former street children who are now top surfers, and are ambassadors and role models for kids still on the streets.
The Pope heard about the project through one of his friends, who’d watched Kelly Slater in Continuance 2. Nursing his broken foot at J-Bay, Kelly had talked about the remarkable work that SNSC do to get kids off the street in South Africa.
The Pope liked the idea of getting children off the streets and into surfing and so through his own foundation, Scholas Occurentes, he was able to link up with SNSC and support their initiatives in Mozambique.
When Tojo Surf Club celebrated its grand opening, Pope Francis made an appearance filmed live from the Vatican in Rome.
“He basically chatted about what we are doing and he gave a blessing over the live link up. It’s not your usual surf story.” Tom Hewitt, founder of African NGO SNSC.