Cape Town – As they do every month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex unfollowed every account they had been on Instagram last week, to refocus their attention on 15 new charities.
On Monday Prince Harry and Meghan Markle updated their page with their new charities for August – and included is South African organisation Waves For Change.
Based in Muizenberg, Cape Town, the organisation focuses on using surf therapy as a means of providing social support to at-risk youth.
"Daily exposure to violence and stress means many South Africans suffer from acute emotional and psychological stress. In the absence of emotional support, the stress often manifests in anti-social and high-risk behaviour, placing many young South Africans at-risk," explains the W4C website.
"Early surfing sessions showed that participants noted improved feelings of belonging, strength, trust and confidence – key pillars of wellbeing. This was reflected in their behaviour as noted by teachers and parents."
Since its establishment in 2009 with a small surfing club in Masiphumele, the organisation has expanded to include sites in Monwabisi, Lavender Hill, Port Elizabeth, East London, as well as Harper, Liberia.
On their Instagram page, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they decided to follow organisations that may not get the attention they so rightfully deserve but absolutely should.
"These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another," they said. "We were so happy to learn about them and are now able to share them with you!"
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This month we turned to you for ideas of accounts to follow featuring people, organisations and causes that you find inspiring or noteworthy. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed! Many of you have suggested that we use this month as an opportunity to highlight lesser known organisations and shine a light on those working hard behind the scenes that may not get the level of attention that they so rightly deserve. These accounts showcase those persevering at the grassroots level, connecting our global community through a shared lens of giving back and helping one another. We were so happy to learn about them and are now able to share them with you! Thank you for being part of this collective conversation with us; we hope everyone has enjoyed discovering many of these accounts and engaging with each other on how we can all be Forces For Change. •All photos used above are from the accounts we are now following•
Other inspiring organisations and causes include the Pawsitive Change Program, Bees Cause, Free Wheelchair Mission, BlinkNow Foundation, Plan International UK, Children International, Tiny Tickers Charity, Earth Day Network, Lion Guardians, Rafiki Mwema, Beyond Blue, Love The Oceans, Global Wellness Day and Art of Hope.
Waves For Change reposted the Sussex Royal announcement on their Instagram Story with the caption, "We are honoured you chose to feature us!
"Stoked!" they commented.
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