We're proud to announce a new charitable foundation for Cornwall; the Boardmasters Foundation. Born out of our desire to give back and support the culture and surrounding communities that are at the heart of our festival, the Boardmasters Foundation will build on and grow the annual fundraising and charitable donations that the festival has already made year-on-year!
Since 2002, we're pleased to have been able to support a variety of local charities, organisations and projects - from Surfers Against Sewage and the UK Pro Surf Tour, to the Porth Residents Association and St Mawgan Minis Football Club.
In 2017, we're really happy to announce that we raised a huge £53,000 and this has been donated to the following:
We recently went to break the good news to the 2017 charities and projects in Cornwall, read on to see how the donations will help the local community and beyond.
Surfers Against Sewage
Hugo Tagholm, CEO, SAS - “As the longstanding nominated charity of the Boardmasters Foundation, Surfers Against Sewage has engaged hundreds of thousands of festival goers with our campaigns to protect waves, oceans and beaches for everyone. The annual donations from the festival helps us mobilise the largest beach clean community in the UK, now some 30,000 volunteers annually, who make a huge difference to the marine plastic pollution crisis. The support also helps us take campaigns all the way to Parliament, including the successful 5p bag charge, which has already eliminated 9 billion plastic bags from the environment! Our clean water campaigns also reach many more people thanks to the huge reach and unique nature of the partnership. Thanks for the amazing support.”
UK Pro Surf Tour
Dave Reed - "UK Pro Surf Association are pleased to receive this essential support from the Boardmasters Foundation. This support is helping develop British Surfing. Giving opportunities for surfers from all over the UK, both men and women to gain invaluable competition experience. It will also assist in Junior surfing development, backing seven grommet categories from Under 12 to Under 18 allowing surfers to compete in their own age groups throughout the year in events across the UK. Undoubtedly these will be the surf stars of the future and challenging for the Boardmasters title in years to come."
Claire Mucklow, Species and Habitats Officer - "Thank you Boardmasters! Your donation will go towards our advisory work with local farmers around Newquay where rare corn buntings and other threatened species need help. Such a huge event can have an impact on wildlife and working together helps minimise this, we appreciate the donation very much."
Mawgan in Pydar Primary School
Sally Vannoey, Head Teacher - “We’re all very grateful for this generous donation that will benefit all the children in our school. This Boardmasters Foundation grant will allow us to purchase and build a new ‘play train’ and seating areas for all the children, encouraging sociability and enjoyment in the playground, and as you can imagine, the children are very excited about it all! We’re delighted to see this new year-round Boardmasters Foundation contributing to the causes like ours in the St Mawgan, Watergate and Newquay community and would like to say thank you to the team at Boardmasters and to all of the festival-goers who contributed to make this donation possible.”