FOOTHILL RANCH, California/USA (Tuesday, June 12, 2013) – Oakley, Inc., today announced its commitment to match up to $25,000USD in donations to Reef Check Foundation, the official charitable partner of the Oakley Pro Bali, in support of the foundation’s innovative work in reef preservation in Bali and around the world. Reef Check Foundation is a 501(c)(3) international non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people to save the world’s reefs and oceans.
“At Oakley, we believe that everything in this world can and will be made better,” said Jennifer Walker, Oakley Community Relations Program Manager. “We apply this philosophy not only to our product innovations, but to our philanthropic efforts as well. The Oakley Pro Bali is an incredible platform to raise awareness and funds for an important global issue: reef health and conservation, through our partnership with Reef Check Foundation.”
According to Reef Check Foundation, the top threats to coral reefs are overfishing, global warming/ocean acidification from too much carbon dioxide, eutrophication (too many nutrients in water from fertilizer, sewage), and sedimentation/turbidity from poor land use that suffocates coral and blocks light.
“We are really pleased to partner with Oakley to help coral reefs in Bali,” said Dr. Gregor Hodgson, Executive Director at Reef Check. “Without healthy reefs, we won’t have fish to eat or good waves to surf.”
Oakley will match up to $25,000USD in donations made on SurfCredits.org during the Oakley Pro Bali June 18 – 29, 2013 to support Reef Check Indonesia. For each $25USD donation, donors will receive one entry into the Sweepstakes, sponsored by SurfCredits for a chance to win an 11 day trip at the Wavepark Mentawai Resort, a free Oakley t-shirt (while supplies last) and $75USD in discounts from surf industry partners.
Oakley guests in Bali for the Oakley Pro will participate in a Reef Check Marine Education Session, learning alongside local students the impact healthy reefs have on the environment and how to contribute to their preservation. Oakley has also partnered with the local schools and community to conduct pre and post event beach clean-ups surrounding the contest site at Keramas.
Stop No. 5 of 10 of the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour, the Oakley Pro Bali runs from June 18 – 29, 2013, thanks in part, to the support of valued event partner Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Watch the contest unfold live and find more information on the company’s charitable partnership with Reef Check Foundation at www.oakleyprobali.com – the premiere source for Oakley Pro Bali content and information.