Surf Documentary, Somewhere Near Tapachula, Raises $100,000 For Mexican Orphanage
The Inspiring True Story of the Australian Couple Changing the Lives of Orphans and Street Kids in Tapachula Mexico, through Surfing!
Somewhere Near Tapachula is the heartfelt true story of Mision Mexico, a children’s refuge started by Australian couple Alan and Pam Skuse. Based in Tapachula, Mexico, this inspiring documentary focuses on Mision Mexico Boardriders Club, the unique surf community of orphaned, abused and homeless children. Directed and produced by Australian surf filmmakers Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durrant of Surfing 50 States, the Australian and US tour of the film has raised $100,000 for Mision Mexico.
Somewhere Near Tapachula is 100% non-profit thanks to sponsorship from Hurley, Global Surf Industries, Guzman y Gomez and Walking On Water. Jonno and Stefan have toured the film for 4 months raising funds for Mision Mexico through ticket sales, merchandise, raffles, and generous donations from audiences.
Stefan and Jonno have just returned to Tapachula, over a year since their initial filming and volunteering trip to Mision Mexico. They have presented Pam, Alan, and the 54 kids with a huge check for $100,000.
This money will be used as a future fund for the kids to attend university and follow their dreams. This includes opening a surf shop and surf school to teach locals how to surf and employ the kids of Mision Mexico.
The kids were also presented with eight high-performance surfboards donated by Bob Hurley, packed into a huge board bag from Ocean & Earth.
"We are so stoked to have reached our goal of raising $100,000", says Stefan. "It means so much to us, as we now consider these kids our 54 brothers and sisters. To be able to raise this money while sharing their amazing story is a double blessing."
"We really want to thank the thousands of people who helped us make this happen by helping organizing screenings, volunteering their time, donating money or spreading the amazing story of Mision Mexico", Jonno adds. "This is a dream come true for us".
Somewhere Near Tapachula has won awards*, been officially selected for nine film festivals and been acquired to screen on Outside TV. There are more screenings and film festivals planned combined with TV commissioning fees, the total funds raised will be well over $100,000.
Particular thanks must go to Hurley, Global Surf Industries, Guzman y Gomez, Walking On Water, Wicked Campers, Coastalwatch.com, Deb Grossman, Tim Baker, Ed Worland Music, Shady Acres Productions and of course Pam and Alan Skuse for beginning this phenomenal story.