A Little Intro
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The Global Kiter Foundation is using sport to enrich the lives of people with physical disabilities.
We started off last year with workshops to introduce the skills needed to learn how to kitesurf. This is an incredible sport that simply uses the power of the wind to help you ride on water, land or snow. We believe everyone should be able to experience the freedom and inspiration you have when out in the elements.
You can see another video of our workshops here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmXmlEpMi2w
We are very proud of our programs, and the success they have had. Now we need to take it a step further.
The Next Step
Thanks to innovations in the sport, it is possible for disabled people to use a specially adapted seat so that they can enter the water and properly kitesurf. This brings the experience to a whole new level. Imagine the freedom it gives to be gliding through the water!
The video used at the top is made by Christophe Martin; one of the pioneers in the development of kiting for people with disabilities. He is an inspiration! Check out the fun that they are having... its life changing! www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ae4aFNJabE
We have a whole team of participants itching to take their skills to the next level. So far we have the training program ready- which includes training instructors how to teach people with disabilities; and we have kites kindly donated by kite brands.
What We Need
We just need a little help to get the seat!
The seat costs $ 4000 USD. It is made of the latest carbon fibre technology, which ensures the best strength and long lasting properties available. Each seat we buy will be well used for many years!!
We will work tirelessly until we raise enough funds to buy them, so know that every cent donated will be put towards the seats. This IS going to happen!
What It Means
In Alex's words: Being in a wheelchair made my sporting activities impossible and I didn’t know what to do other than wheelchair basketball. So you can imagine my excitement when I realized kiting was actually a possibility! Knowing how to kite will bring me back the sense of freedom I had before the accident. Read more
Apostolos had this to say: I would love to be in a position to handle the kite and the board and have kiting as a regular activity in my life, with a great company of people calling each other on the weekends to decide which beach has the most favorable wind. Read more
People with disabilities can’t afford to spend a lot of money on leisure activities. They need to spend so much as it is on medical equipment.
We have a way to help improve their quality of life over the long term. The more funds raised, the more seats we will be able to buy and the more people we will be able to train!
We will gradually create an international community of kiters with disabilities. You can help keep the winds of change blowing!