How has climate change effected your daily life? It’s likely that before your routine is knocked out of whack by this massive crisis, it will touch down somewhere else. And the helplessness of watching people & places you love being devastated from far away can be as agonizing as being at ground zero.
In Long Beach, Australians Ashleigh Nicholson-Ewington and her husband Duncan Ewington watched news reports in horror as they rolled in detailing the unprecedented bush fires swiftly ravaging the country they grew up in. By January 8th, it was estimated that 10.7 million acres including 5,900 buildings had burned, and 28 people and a BILLION and a half animals had died. They needed to take action.
“Watching places we had vacationed to burning to the ground on social media, hearing friends stories of being evacuated from their homes & the sounds of koalas screaming became overwhelming. We just had to do something to help our land, people and animals.” With her background in event planning and Duncan’s background in the skateboarding industry & contacts through his skate company The Cream (a skate injury healing cream), organizing a benefit event was something they were compelled to do.
And when asked to help, Southern California answered.
“By reaching out through Duncan’s skateboarding connections and our Long Beach/ LA networks in music, retail, beauty, hospitality and nightlife, the response has been huge. It is going to be a really fun night with some cool stuff to win and take-home, plus it will be a damn good party for everybody there and for Aus.”
The event will include music, projected visuals, a raffle of amazing local Californian goods, services & skate brands and a silent auction featuring art from skateboarding’s deep well of talent. The event will have something for everyone so bring your girlfriends, wives, boyfriends, husbands, sisters and ya mates!
All proceeds will go to wildlife response and firefighting organizations in Australia.