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Together we ride, divided we fall 1st Skateboarding magazine in Eastern Africa, 1st Skateboarding School in Eastern Africa,1st Girls Skateboarding school in Eastern Africa, 1st Street children’s Skateboarding Initiative in Eastern Africa, First Used Skate Gear donation network in Eastern Africa, First Skate based food program in Eastern Africa
BOOK OF FIRSTS
1500KM ON A SKATEBOARD
Global used skategear collection network
The Million Dollar men
ETHIOPIAN SKATEBOARD PARK PROJECT
Skateworks Ethiopian co-educational skate school Project
CO NTEN TS
Global used Skate Gear Collection Network Ethiopian Skateboard Park Project Fund raising epic ride. The length of Ethiopia to raise a Million Dollars to build SKATEWORKS School for Ethiopian street Kids
1500km on a Skateboard
Co-educational Skate School outreach program for Ethiopian street Children
Ethiopian Skateboard Park Project
The First Skateboarding Magazine in Eastern Africa
The New frontier in Skateboarding, Photo credit: Sarah Flynn
Contributions by Dawit Legesse, Tom Noonan, Debbie williams, Sarah Flynn, Wosene Haile, Abenezer Temesgen
Editor, Writer and Art Director Jon Burns
Global Used Skateboard Gear
RECYCLEDFUN is a global network of collection bins throughout Skate, Surf and clothing stores situated internationally in Australia and the USA. The collection bins are there for the collection of used Skate gear such as full skateboards, skate pads, helmets and skate shoes. This pre loved skate equipment with your children's hopes and dreams wrapped up with them is shipped and distributed throughout Ethiopia , South Africa and Indigenous Australian children’s communities. With RECYCLEDFUN’s instantly recognizable bright yellow bins near your tech bench in store it allows children to interact directly with children of foundation economies around the world and to pass on the freedom and creativity that skateboarding offers each and every western child.
Remember your very ﬁrst Skateboard? How it felt sailing down the sidewalk for the very ﬁrst time? It is these very memories that we pass on to children of very needy foundation economies like Eastern and Southern Africa and of course Aboriginal groups within Australia.
RECYCLEDFUN has been an incredible story of need necessitating supply. Setting up global supply chain to allow used skate boards to ﬂow into Ethiopia and South Africa took some doing to secure all pathways and to realise a non proﬁt exchange. With a sudden inﬂux of skate gear hitting Ethiopia to be given to children the concern was
highlighted that if unaware children were to be gifted with skate gear, untrained and all of a sudden were sailing through public areas in shopping centers, car parks and public roadways in Addis Ababa and the Police felt public safety was jeopardized, the whole Skate initiative could be shut down and skateboarding outlawed. So an agreement has been struck with the Ethiopian Police to hold public safety and skate training clinics for children over two days. Held as a cooperative between the Ethiopian Police Force and SKATEWORKS, the children will be certiﬁed as street safety aware and awarded with a certiﬁcate and pass from SKATEWORKS and the Ethiopian Police. Once the children are certiﬁed over the two days they will be gifted with their board from RECYCLEDFUN.
Ethiopian Police Force
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT - Steve Caballero . Sasha Steinhorst . Sam Becket . Rune Glifberg . RJ Barbaro . Renton Millar . Piwi . Rion linderman . Errol Adrian Jones . Pat Ngoho . Pat Black . Pedro Barros . Octavio Neto . Nolan Munro . Nilo Pecanha . Nik Tokic Neal Hendrix . Tom Flaherty . Sean Goff . Nathan Trew . Murilo Peres . Miki Tracton . Michael Mulhall . Marcelle Robins . Lester Kasai . Kevin Kowalski . Juergen Horrwarth . Josh Staford . Josh Lovell . Josh Househam . John Gray . John Fox Williams . Jimmy Beck . Jess Noonan . Jen Kotter . Jackson Pilz . Eddie Alguera el-Gato . Dean Tirkot . Cam Smith . Caio Peres . Bucky Lasek . Bob Burnquist . Andre Barros . Adam Luxford . Poppy Olson . Jack Fardell . Kalani David . Vi Kakinho . Ti Coleing . PHOTOGRAPHY . Fabiana Almeida
Skate Proʼs donated rides from Bowl a Rama & the Australian Open 2012
The First Used Skateboarding Gear Donations Network in Eastern Africa
RECYCLEDFUN offers skate and surf equipment and apparel companies with the opportunity to skin our bins for in store placement and excellent corporate sponsorship point of sale advertising. The header card and RECYCLEDFUN logo must be retained and constant as a global look but the entire background bin skin is up to your design team. If you would like to sponsor some bins and supply chain then contact us on Face book or through our extended social and online network. RECYCLEDFUN is able to come to your skate event to collect gear and is also able to collect from your school if an organised donation drive has been organised and the gear is ready for pick up. each and every board is labeled with RECYCLEDFUN stickers and we encourage children to write messages on their boards so the children in Ethiopia, South Africa and Indigenous Australia can read them. If you follow our online magazine, Facebook page and associated fan pages you just might see your board being ﬂipped and shredded by some of our SKATEWORKS skate clinic kids or Woseneʼs GIRL POWER SKATE CLUB crew. Helping kids to help themselves, GLOBAL RECYCLEDFUN.
SKATE SAFE WITH RECYCLEDFUN
ESPP Outreach Clinic Addis Ababa Ethiopia 2012 Photo credit: Sarah Flynn
Donate gear at your nearest collection bin point
Venice Beach California USA
Mona Vale Sydney Australia
Manly & Fox studios Sydney Australia
Atlanta Georgia USA
Bend Oregon USA
The First Skateboarding Marathon in Eastern Africa
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A MILLION REASONS TO SKATE
1500km. Skating the length of a Kingdom
1500km of Pre history ruins, castles and carved stone rock churches through urban developed Addis Ababa and onto ancient tribal Ethiopia and her peoples.Culminating at the most southern point of the Omo National Park near the Kenyan boarder. This epic journey is to raise awareness and one million dollars in funds to build SKATEWORKS, The Ethiopian Skateboard Park Project’s Vocational co-educational school for Ethiopian street children. This huge longboard trek will be undertaken by The founder of the project, Jon Burns, Outreach Manager Dawit Legesse and Outreach logistics Manager Tom Noonan. We are all in solid training on bike and board for this endurance test. Dawit and Tom are currently training in the hills and mountains of Ethiopia and cross training on long boards, Mountain bikes and running. Jon Burns is beating the pavements and roads of the northern beaches of Sydney and recording our build up for this event. The boys will all come together in a few short weeks to skate from Bondi Beach Sydney Australia 300km by road to Canberra Australia’s Capital city. Bondi Beach apart from being an Australian icon of beach culture is the site for one of the worlds best skate comps, Bowlaramma. Drawing Pro skaters like Steve Caballero, Eddie Alguera, Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist and current world champion Pedro Barros, just to name a few. The Canberra run is a trial run, just to settle in and iron out the bugs, because when we on the 1500km we are on our own. 1500km of Lions, Hippos, historical ruins and smooth tar. When I found out there were lions I made an executive decision. The other two guys are sleeping near the door lol. The three of us are shooting GOPRO helmet vids of our training from limp unﬁt desk jockeys to heart thumping muscle bound skate maniacs.
Kingdom of Aksum
Our trip begins in the Kingdom of Aksum, the very northern tip of Ethiopia. Aksum, for hundreds of years had itʼs own written language called Geʼez. Geʼez is the language of the Ethiopian Orthodox priests. The Aksumite kingdom stretches back to 200 BC and is littered with giant obelisks. it is said that the ark of the covenant in which the ten commandments are held is secreted there.
We then ride on to Gondar . In each of our destinations skate clinics will be run with the local kids and youth in correlation with schools and youth associations of that area. Gondar is a fascinating place in the north of Ethiopia. Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasilides around the year 1635, with an elevation of 2133 meters above sea level. The city is nicknamed "The Camelot of Africa" due
itʼs wonderful characteristic castles. Then we push onto Lake Tana and the Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasilides around the year 1635, with an elevation of 2133 meters above sea level. The city is nicknamed "The Camelot of Africa" due to the presence of a group of royal castles. Essentially the capital during the ﬁrst century of Solomonic rule. of The Blue nile of which feeds Egypt with water and itʼs life blood.
Lalibela, Solid Rock Hewn Churches
The majority of the journey
will be done on long boards but uphill sections will don by Mountain Bike, what goes up must come down as they say. Lalibela is a town
in northern Ethiopia that is famous for its monolithic rockcut churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country. GO PRO Cameras between the three of us will be mounted to our helmets and a full documentary team will be shooting the land based elements of the documentary. The documentary will be shot with a view to capturing the story of Ethiopia, itʼs hybrid peoples, cultural destinations and the plight of the Ethiopian street children throughout the Urban and regional areas from north to south.
Addis Ababa, Capital City
Opportunities exist for sponsorship of leathers, bikes, boards, wheels, Camera gear, Cars, Clothing, appearances, signage, online e-tailing of co branded product and many many more. Just drop us a line in our Face Book page and we will do the rest. In Magazine advertising is also an option for full page insertions to your
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targeted demographic. Corporate responsibility sponsorship arrangements are availabe for the Marathon, SKATEWORKS the school. Our outreach program and of course Girl Power Skate club for young ethiopian girls.
The Omo National Park & its Peoples
One of the most exciting parts of the trip will be the ﬁnal third culminating in Omo National park and Jinka at the most southern end of Ethiopia. we love this country and intend to show it off in the best way we know how, ROLLIN. This epic journey is to raise funds, sponsorship and awareness for Ethiopian street children and the future they represent for their country. They have untapped determination and the true grit it takes to make it and lead from the ground up. Skateboarding motivating by crossing cultural and ethnic divide with little wooden bridges of hope, dreams and freedom from poverty for both boys and girls in regional and Urban Ethiopia.
Together we ride,Divided we fall
w ha t a r e w e r ai sin g m on e y fo r ?
Final Plan for the SKATEWORKS Skatepark
SKATEWORKS School Skatepark
Final design for SKATEWORKS Addis Ababa Ethiopia Drawn by Jon Burns Drawing One of 16 ﬁnal drawings for SKATEWORKS Project Ethiopia
SKATEWORKS Team approved
Date: 14/1/ 2012 3D Visualisation only, not for construction purposes.
The story so far
SK AT EW OR
SKATEWORKS is a multi educational program developed by the Ethiopian Skateboard Park Project. SKATEWORKS is a childrenʼs development project group devoted to the development of co-educational learning facilities for Ethiopian street children in
Ethiopia built around skateboarding with an intense concentration on vocational learning to help street children gain the skills to be self sustaining and employable. Our central project is the construction of a school for Ethiopian street children that bridges the gap between the street
and organised education. SKATEWORKS will consist of a school built around a skateboard park that also provides daily English, IT, General Trade, art, Music Production and of course motivational skateboarding classes within our skateboard park on site. It is the combination
of these skills that will help street children to gain employment, feel positive about themselves and give them the communication and goal setting skills to move forward into formal education and to earn a living as a functional part of Ethiopian society. The motivational aspect of skateboarding and having
the motivational aspect of skateboarding and having a place speciﬁcally designed for youth and by youth is in drastic need so as to give unity and connection for children and youth in a continent like Africa that is ever dividing. The more common ground we can create with youth, the stronger the foundation for one Ethiopia. "Together we ride, divided we fall" laying a solid foundation for effecting change by children and youth rolling on common ground. "Skate brothers" instead of socially distant, disconnected youth who are suffering through ethnic and economic barriers. Connecting beyond all there differences with one powerful and simple tool, the skateboard. The little wooden bridge for children that builds the foundations for the growth of one Ethiopia and a safe, prosperous place to live. There is no point constructing hospitals and educational facilities only. You need a foundation of uniﬁed strength of which to build this on. A Meseret as they say in Amharic ( Ethiopian), it means foundation stone. Around a central Skateboard facility we are then able to attach language and educational facilities that motivate and give youth the tools to reach there goals and set even higher ones. No matter what ethnic background or what part of Ethiopia they come from. Addis Ababa is 3500 meters above sea level so " Unity out of thin air" By providing this home base for street children that gives an identity over and above just cleaning shoes
to merely stay alive, SKATEWORKS provides a place where street children are not just classiﬁed by their ﬁnancial of living status. By having an education facility that can change when the children need it to change is of tremendous beneﬁt to the community as a whole. While SKATEWORKS is already training up young Ethiopian coaches to work full time in SKATEWORKS through our outreach program. We in turn negotiating with the Australian government and plan to do the with the US government for school age children from both these educational systems to allow school children from western countries to ﬂy into Addis Ababa as a group to act as skate coaches to our kids in a co-life value exchange so as to increase the value to western children, their values and their view of the world of which we know is something that Australian and American families dearly want in their children. this value exchange exchange allows us to bring Australian and American youth across even at the point of skate park construction so as a part of the NSW Government initiative to allow Australian children to continue their apprenticeships while remaining at school that they could be involved in the pour of the cement, spraying the walls for the park, ﬁnishing and the placement of the coping. This would give Australian and American students interested in construction International experience with NORD our swedish skate park construction team and our co- Australian, Ethiopian,American construction crew. This element is in negotiation with the Australian and American Government at this time and is also pending view points and needs of parents of which we are poling at the present time.
Girls Skate school
The First Girls Skateboarding school in Eastern Africa
IRL POWER SKATE CLUB
for Ethiopian girls
GIRL POWER SKATE CLUB is an exciting new addition to SKATEWORKS Outreach program in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. A program concentrating on the motivational needs of young girls and using the asperational and conﬁdence building aspects of Skateboarding. Girl power skate club is headed up by myself, Wosene Haile and I am an Ethiopian woman living in Addis Ababa. I am very interested in motivating young women in Ethiopia and I am a very proud member of the SKATEWORKS team. Every week we run regular skate clinics throughout the different areas of Addis Ababa. Some of the distinct areas I like to concentrate on is shyness and general conﬁdence. Girls doing sport in Ethiopia has a long history and especially in running as we have just seen in the London Olympics, but apart from that they take a supportive role in the home as they grow up and mature in readiness for the work force and marriage. A young girls upbringing is centered around the home with many duties of Coffee making, going out to buy bread for breakfast in the early morning and houshold chores. The boys do not get off scott free by any means but most of the domestic tasks fall upon the girls. G I R L P O W E R S K AT E C L U B concentrates on motivating young women and encouraging them to try new things and stretch themselves to their full potential, Girl Power, Wosene Haile
SKATEWORKS OUTREACH PROGRAM
The First Skateboarding school in Eastern Africa
LITTLE WOODEN BRIDGES
CROSSING ETHNIC DIVIDE
So we have looked at all that we intend to do and you may ask “what are we doing now” We we certainly have been busy. SKATEWORKS Outreach program runs weekly skate classes for underprivileged and street children in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. We have a number of full time members of SKATEWORKS and two trainee skate coaches from Addis Ababa in Abenezer Temesgen and Little Henock. We currently run regular school groups and with our girls coach, Wosene Haile, we run our GIRL POWER girls skate club to empower and motivate young Ethiopian girls. with great support from international skateboarding companies like Element, Green Issue, Venice Originals, Raised by wolves, Skater HQ and TIMZ skateboards in the states. We have been able to not only hold but sustain a regular skate educational Program on a weekly basis. We now have a presence on daily childrenʼs Ethiopian TV shows and radio programing throughout the each and every day. even when the SKATEWORKS school is established and constructed the OUTREACH program will travel to outlining areas of Addis Ababa to continue the Skate2U methodology currently adopted by our project. this project is a thorough joy to be involved in and we would like to thank all our Facebook friends and stakeholders around the world for their undying support, motivational advice, and continuing belief in what we are doing. You inspire us as much as we may inspire you. We are very proud to be the very ﬁrst Ethiopian skateboarding school and for that matter, the very ﬁrst skateboarding school in Eastern Africa. In co operation with Recycledfun we have been able to provide boards to all our kids of the street.
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Planned Vocational Skate School for the motivation and job readiness of Ethiopian Street children
English classroom, The room will be sublet out at night to help subsidise SKATEWORKS running costs Art room to concentrate on expression and motivation of street children. The room will be sublet out at night to help subsidise SKATEWORKS running costs General trade geared towards employment metal work, basic welding, mechanics and the building trade. Helping Ethiopians to help them selves Fully Operational Music production studio for the recording of street childrenʼs music and their exposure to international seconded artists who wish to teach and record in the hybrid Ethiopian Music scene. The room will be sublet out at night to help subsidise SKATEWORKS running costs
English classroom The room will be sublet out at night to help subsidise SKATEWORKS running costs
As a part of general trade, rendering and basic brick laying are a part of the proposed curriculum.
Painting and metal and woodwork repairs to help young Ethiopians gain employment.
Classes in our IT facilities so as to increase employment prospects of street children and bridging the gap between the street and a functional member of Ethiopian society.The room will be sublet out at night to help subsidise SKATEWORKS running costs
The First Skateboarding based food Program in Eastern Africa
SKATEWORKS food Program
SKATEWORKS CAFE While also providing one nutritious good meal to our street children students for every day we are blessed with their presence.
SKATEWORKS CAFE will provide proﬁts to help us run our vocational school fro street children
If a child does not have to think about staying alive, he can think about his future.
SKATEWORKS CAFE Will be open to the general public with great food, cakes and coffee.
common source of poultry in street children s ingredients: Salmonella, Listeria Campylobacter daily diet. and e.coli
from household garbage bins is the most
from SKATEWORKS food program as the source of meat in their daily diet.
abdominal cramps, dehydration and possibly death.
Diarrhea, fever, vomiting,
providing 67.6% of the daily value for protein in 4 ounces. Provides healthy kids for a healthy self sustained future in Africa.
Chicken is rated as a very good source of protein,
Restaurant Garbage bins is the most common source of meat in street children s daily diet. Diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and possibly death. from
from SKATEWORKS food program as the source of meat in their daily diet.
Strong healthy bones, nutrition, Protein, Iron, Zinc, Omega 3 and vitamin B, healthy kids and smiling faces
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About Us: The Ethiopian Skateboard Park Project team has been brought together to give the SKATEWORKS project, Recycledfun, Girl Power Skate Club and our Outreach program the depth of experience needed to bring home the results. The Founder, Jon Burns has over 20 years in Advertising , Marketing and CEO experience behind him to grow this project and bring all aspects to fruition. Dawit Legesse has over 25 years of Supply Chain and Project Management and leads our Outreach program with a deft hand. Tom Noonan brings a huge skill base of supply chain management, logistics and extensive knowledge of Ethiopia, its language, customs and people. Wosene Haile’s home base advantage stands her in great sted to manage our young girls project, Girl Power Skate Club and Sarah Flynn has been instrumental in recording all our outreach skate clinics with a keen eye for photojournalistic content. “Skateboarding & Africa have given me far more than I can ever repay” Jon Burns
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