'Somewhere Near Tapachula' film showing at the Balcony in St Ives raises £196 for Mision Mexico
25th March 2013
Christian Surfers had a great night at the Balcony in St Ives on Friday (22 March), showing the film 'Somewhere Near Tapachula' to raise money for the charity Mision Mexico.There was a great turnout by the local St Ives surf community and people from the surrounding area, and the event was well supported by local businesses who donated prizes to the raffle.The film focuses on the unique surf community that Alan and Pam have pioneered in Tapachula, a coastal city with no other surfers in the area. The children get to go surfing every weekend, which has had an amazing impact on them, providing an escape from their unimaginable pasts.“Surfing is something special, it’s not just a sport, it’s part of my life. I feel like I don’t need anything more, I don’t need to take drugs, there is nothing better than surfing” says Jose, one of the film’s young grommets, also a former street kid who was neglected and beaten by his prostitute mother and got heavily involved with drugs and gang violence.By the end of the evening we raised £196 which will go directly to the childrens orphanage in Tapachula, Mexico.A big thanks to Charlie at the Balcony for hosting the event, Nathan for doing a great job collecting prizes for the raffle and promoting the event. Thank you to Keeabunga surf shop, Fat Wills Surf Shack, Wind and Sea, Academy, Johns Wine Store, Superdry, Rollers Roller Disco, Bedford Road Hair Dressers, Wheal Sara Flowers, Pizza Express, The Allotment Deli and St Ives Brewery who all donated to the raffle, and thanks of course to the St Ives locals for coming and making it a great event.