On Friday, October 24, Make Waves, a Miami-based community service organization, will host a group paddle boarding excursion departing from Sunset Harbour Yacht Club. All proceeds from Make Waves’ inaugural event will benefit AYUDA, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting South Florida’s underserved populations.
Make Waves Miami was founded by Ciro Campagnoli, owner of Sense Beach House, a boutique hotel on South Beach. Based on Campagnoli’s love for water sports and a desire to support the local community, Make Waves aims to “encourage people to make a difference in a fun and enjoyable way.”
“The inspiration for ‘Make Waves’ came from a strong desire to support local communities in need while celebrating our common interest, water sports,” said Campagnoli. “My main goal with Make Waves Miami is to inspire individuals to come together and make a difference in this world. Anytime you have a group of energetic people all together, you have the chance to raise awareness for a good cause and I saw that potential in my paddle boarding community.”
Ayuda, an acronym for Adults and Youth with Unmet needs Deserve Attention, aims to provide children and families in South Florida with the care, education and skills necessary to become self-sufficient members of the community. Since its founding in 1977, Ayuda has served more than 145,000 individuals.
In December 2013, Sense Beach House hosted a holiday toy drive for AYUDA and received hundreds of toys and cash donations. In April, the hotel’s restaurant, The Local House, sponsored a fundraising initiative in which $1 was donated to AYUDA for each order of the bistro’s best-selling appetizer. Now, Campagnoli is continuing his support for the organization with Makes Waves’ first event, “Make Waves for AYUDA.” Each month, the organization will “make waves” for a different charity in a different community, Campagnoli said.
“Stand Up Paddle, otherwise known as SUP, is one of the world’s fastest-growing water sports, especially in the Miami Bay area,” said Campagnoli. “So for now, I plan on focusing my attention on that growing community with paddle-boarding events. I would love to one day have as many as 200 to 300 paddlers join together to make a difference for a great cause.”
WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Sunset Harbour Yacht Club
1928 Sunset Harbour Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139