One young Swede who recently immigrated to Israel, and was perhaps unaccustomed to the beautiful Mediterranean beaches, decided that the breathtaking body of water deserves all the conservation efforts it can get. And so she recently embarked on a project to raise money for two organizations that work towards keeping Israeli beaches clean – EcoOcean and Surfing4Peace. Instead of following usual fundraising tactics, Rebecca Kopelman decided to produce a calendar with 12 up-and-coming Israeli (and hunky) surfers (check out exhibit A in the pic above… let’s call him October).
The project was Rebecca’s brainchild, and she decided to “bring together a unique group of Israeli talent to collaborate, not for money, but for peace and clean waters.”
All of the people involved in creating the calendar (including photographer Dani Miller) volunteered their time and expertise, and all of the proceeds will go towards supporting EcoOcean and Surfing4Peace.
EcoOcean is an Israeli non-profit organization that acts to maintain a healthy eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea, and believes that education and research are the best tools for treating marine ecological problems. Surfing4Peace is a cross-border cooperation initiative that hopes to bridge cultural and political barriers between surfers in the Middle East.
The limited edition 2011 calendars will be launched tonight at the Shesek Bar in Tel Aviv, and can be purchased afterwards via the project’s Facebook page.
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