Aloha, my name is Jasmine Joy. I am a professional skimboarder and humanitarian with a purpose to make this world a better place. As the first born American on my mother's side of Filipino descent, I knew that one day I would experience her native land.
In December of 2009, I had the honor of visiting the skimboarding capital of the Philippines, Tanauan, Leyte, for their 6th National Skim Open. I was invited by the Municipal Mayor, Roque A. Tiu, and welcomed by the whole town with open arms. Since the event lasted for four days, I was able to initiate a Beach Cleanup two mornings in a row, free a captive sea turtle, and inspire my people to respect their environment. The memories I shared and the friends I made during this trip will forever be special to me.
My heart dropped, on November 8th, the moment I heard of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hitting the province of Leyte the worst. I thought of all of my friends and right away prayed for their safety. I thought of Bantay Dagat, the beach we cleaned up and played on. I thought of how powerful Mother Nature is. I thought of raising money to help my people restore their community.
My goal is to raise $1,000 because I want to make sure it's achievable and I feel it's enough to make a difference. The current exchange rate of 1 United States Dollar (USD) in Philippine Pesos (PHP) is almost 44. If my goal is reached, a little under 44,000 Pesos will be donated to the restoration of Tanauan, Leyte and the rehabilitation of its people. Every dollar, even if it does not sum up to $1,000, will benefit the Philippines. I promise that the money raised through this campaign will be received and dispersed by people I know personally and trust. The last day to donate will be Christmas Eve. A list of all contributors will be acknowledged and thanked on Christmas day for their compassion and act of giving freely.
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