Bethany was nominated for the Do Something Athlete category for the Do Something Awards this year. In this interview she talks about getting back into surfing and using her story to help others around the world. Read the interview to see how Friends of Bethany, along with other foundations are helping to reach out to those in need.
GIVE ALOHA AT FOODLAND, SACK N SAVE, AND FOODLAND FARMS TO HELP US RAISE FUNDS!
Our organization is participating in Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program.
From September 1-30, donations to Friends of Bethany Hamilton will be accepted at checkout at all Foodland, Sack N Save and Foodland Farms stores statewide in Hawaii!
HOW TO HELP:
1) Show your Maika`i Card and make a donation to our organization (up to $249 per person) at any Foodland, Sack N Save, or Foodland Farms checkout from Sept 1-30 this year.
Our Organization Code: 78599
2) Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match all donations up to a total of at least $250,000 for all organizations combined.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
TransWorld Business interviewed Bethany to discuss the influence she has had on many throughout the world. They discuss how Bethany’s story is a reminder of “how strong the human spirit really is.” In the interview Bethany mentions how Friends of Bethany is helping others by putting together “handle kits” for surfers with physical challenges.
Click here to read the full article from TransWorld Business: Action Sports’ Most Influential Women: Bethany Hamilton, Professional Surfer
Friends of Bethany Foundation would like to invite you to Princeville at Hanalei Community Association’s “Movie in the Park,” featuring the inspirational, featured film “Soul Surfer.” Mark your calendars for September 17th and check back soon for more details!
SOUL SURFER, the feature film about Bethany Hamilton’s inspirational story, was presented by the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival and the Waipa Foundation. These events are normally ticketed, but with Friends of Bethany’s sponsorship, the movie was presented to the community FREE of charge!
What a beautiful and special night it was under the stars (and a few clouds!) in the charming town of Hanalei, Hawaii.
“I used to play soccer on this field” Bethany fondly recalled as she and her family said a few welcoming words to the 1000+ attendees. They noted how special it was to have SOUL SURFER showing for free to their friends & community as a “Mahalo” (Thank you) for all the support over the years.
Friends of Bethany volunteers passed out bookmark flyers for the foundation before the film started, while Bethany took pictures with fans and friends.
(L to R) Becky, Noah, Cheri, Bethany, Tom Hamilton, Sarah Hill (played by Carrie Underwood in Soul Surfer), Tim Hamilton, Sonya Balmores-Chung (plays “Malina”).
The film began after sunset. Despite a few bouts of rain, the majority of the guests stayed til the end of the film and it was, all together, a beautiful evening!