A young Tofitian surfer is inviting the West Coast to a philanthropic Fathers Day Brunch at Tofinoâ€™s Shelter Restaurant this weekend.
Reed Platenius, an 11 year-old lifelong local and two-time winner of Canadaâ€™s national Under-12 surfing championships, is harnessing the power of his surf fame to bring clean water to people who need it.
â€œI was scrolling through Instagram and one of my sponsors, Hurley, posted a photo (and) tagged Waves 4 Water. I started scrolling through that and I really got interested in it,â€ Platenius told the Westerly News.
â€œI just feel like you have to give back; itâ€™s just a nice thing to do.â€
Waves for Water is aimed at bringing filtration systems to areas in need of clean drinking water.
â€œThe goal is to take existing solutions in the form of portable water filters into countries that need them…With these filters, dirty water becomes instantly cleanâ€”and drinkable. Lives are saved.â€ according to Waves 4 Waterâ€™s website.
â€œWaves 4 Water has teamed up with surf company Hurley International to develop a DIY volunteer program called Clean Water Couriers, in which surfers in searching for waves in third-world countries carry filters with them in their luggage. Pack a few filters in your suitcase and either connect with local non-profits in that area or personally travel
to villages to set them up yourself.â€
Through the program, filtration systems have been set up in Haiti, Indonesia, Bali, Pakistan, Samoa, and Chile and anyone seeking more information is encouraged to check out www.wavesforwater.org.
Plateniusâ€™ goal is to raise $5,000 by September and he is confident the West Coast will get behind his efforts.
â€œIâ€™m really excited to do this,â€ he said.
â€œI think people will be really interested in it. We have a lot of water (on the West Coast) and I think most people are pretty thankful of that and I think people will be interested to know about places with no water.â€
Platenius said his surfing sponsorships have helped swell his giving tide.
â€œIt has helped a lot. Without my sponsors it would be way harder,â€ he said.
His first major fundraiser will land this Sunday at a Fatherâ€™s Day Brunch being held at Tofinoâ€™s Shelter Restaurant, another of Plateniusâ€™ sponsors.
Platenius is also planning a Paddleboard Dodgeball Contest based on a suggestion from his sponsors at Storm Surf Shop.