Keala Kennelly: Nicaraguan Humanitarian

Keala Kennelly (right) at Nelcott Reef in Oregon.

Keala Kennelly (right) at Nelcott Reef in Oregon.

Keala Kennelly & SYRV Will Make Good Happen; Kennelly On A Quest To Provide Clean Water For Nicaraguan Village

January 17, 2011–Irvine, California—This March pro surfer Keala Kennelly will travel to Nicaragua to volunteer with the nonprofit organization, SYRV [makegoodhappen]. While in Central America Kennelly will dedicate her time to providing Clean Water for a Village in Nicaragua, interacting with the community through surf lessons and much more. "I look forward to trips like this because you get to change people's lives for the better and that is really satisfying”–KK

SYRV's Clean Water for a Village campaign invites you to participate in one or all of 4 ways. Here's how you can make good happen:

RAFFLE: Make Good Happen by purchasing as many $10 raffle tickets for each entry and you’ll be entered to win 1 of 5 Keala Prize Packs.

Each prize pack includes:
A two-month supply of Sambazon Acai
Billabong Beach Kit
A pair sunglasses and t-shirt from Dragon Eyewear
[Total prize pack valued at over $300]
*all donations for raffle ticket purchases are tax deductible
Enter at

DONATE: Sponsor a family by donating $30 for them to receive a water purifier. SYRV travelers will hand deliver them and match you up with a family. You'll receive a photo and family information upon return from the March mission.
*all donations are tax deductible

TRAVEL & VOLUNTEER. Join Keala on the trip and be a volunteer yourself

CHATTER. If you can't travel or don't have funds to donate, you can still make a difference. Share what you do to make good happen in your community and send the link to raise awareness about our mission.

SYRV offers volunteers, donors and travelers an exciting opportunity to reach out to a rural community in the simplest ways while making a huge difference. "The integration of the SYRV trip format really enhances ones personal reflection of themselves in relation to those in need shows them the importance and ease of giving back to others. We've brought clean water to hundreds of people including the schools. We also just completed the SYRV Jiquilillo community center recently allowing for the villagers congregating and learning computer, sewing skills that will benefit their economy. In addition we offer surf school, art and music classes to the children. We invite you to be a part of the change you've always wanted to be a part of." states SYRV Director & Founder, Monique Evans.

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Growing up on Kauai, Keala Kennelly learned how to rip early on while surfing with Bruce and Andy Irons. She turned pro at the age of 17 and in time made her way on to the WCT. On the competitive circuit Keala charged in heavy waves like Cloudbreak and Teahupoo, where she also earned recognition for being the first woman ever to tow-in in 2005. In 2007 Keala took a break from competitive surfing to pursue acting. She was in the Hollywood hit movie Blue Crush and was a season regular on the HBO show John From Cincinnati. In the last few years Keala has had much success with her pursuit to become the first successful female free surfer. She starred in an episode of Fuel TV’s Firsthand and was nominated for an XXL Big Wave Award. She also got barreled in Puerto Escondido and earned double page spreads in Transworld Surf and Surfer. Most recently Keala became the first women to surf a wave at Nelscott Reef and won the Big Wave Classic, the first event of it’s kind to include women. She continues to push women’s surfing to new levels.

ABOUT SYRV [makegoodhappen]:
SYRV is a nonprofit organization committed to developing and sustaining programs that provide meaningful contribution and social responsibility supporting human rights, education and social development initiatives. We work closely with community leaders in developing countries to identify core needs, while utilizing the skill sets, values and passions of our volunteers and donors, inviting them to travel to our host countries to develop or contribute to our programs. We do this by ensuring a fully integrated experience for hosts and contributors while promoting responsible volunteerism.