PRESS RELEASE

Charity Event ROW FOR R.O.L.E. on 23rd of April, 2022

Bali island rallies behind local initiative uplifting young women out of poverty and providing education around the environment:
Charity event ROW FOR R.O.L.E. raised over IDR 900.000.000 with a 14 km Hyatt 2 Hyatt kayak race from Sanur to Nusa Dua.

Intro
Bali island’s economy was demolished due to the Covid-19 pandemic, making it one of the hardest hit places on the planet. Huge hotels closing, silent streets and food insecurity became the norm by late 2020 and for R.O.L.E. Foundation there was no exception. Dependent on funding from the tourism sector, R.O.L.E. Foundation had to downsize programs, reducing their intake of Bali Wise students by over 50%, leaving tens, even hundreds of young women to face a lack of opportunity, early marriage or even worse, sexual exploitation. The ZeroWaste Center by R.O.L.E. Foundation also had to shut down many of its programs of providing education to public-school children and youth around sustainable waste management.
But the Bali Community rallied to continue uplifting Indonesian young women from marginalized families and protecting our environment in the first ever ROW FOR R.O.L.E. charity event.

Summary

On the 23rd of April 2022, R.O.L.E. Foundation in collaboration with Right Reasons Funding organized the ROW FOR R.O.L.E. charity event and a long-distance kayak race from the Hyatt Regency in Sanur to the spectacular Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua.

An amazing total amount of over IDR 900.000.000 was raised through sponsorships, donations, auction biddings, and crowdfunding participants. And even now, donations are still coming in. R.O.L.E. Foundation wishes to gratefully thank all of them, and a special thank you goes out to Hyatt, in particular Marco Groten and Zulki Othman, being the main sponsor of ROW FOR R.O.L.E. and provider of the venues for the charity event and the Hyatt 2 Hyatt kayak race. Another special thank you goes out to FINNS for their very generous support.

 

Full story

On the 23rd of April 2022, R.O.L.E. Foundation in collaboration with Right Reasons Funding organized the ROW FOR R.O.L.E. charity event and a long-distance kayak race from the Hyatt Regency in Sanur to the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua.

The day before the race, the participants had already registered themselves at the Hyatt Regency, followed by a safety meeting and a tasty BBQ at the Hyatt Regency. The BBQ was kicked off by Dj Denton, founder of Right Reasons Funding and Fena Evans, director of R.O.L.E. foundation, welcoming the brave participants and introducing Marco Groten from Hyatt, without whom the grand starting and finishing venues would not have been possible.

At 7am on Saturday the 23rd of April the countdown started, and 79 participants stood ready at the starting line on the beach, preparing themselves for the run to their kayak and conquer the beach surf to start the 14 km kayaking challenge. The weather conditions were very favorable; clear skies opening to a tangerine sunrise, and the ocean had huge tide swings which created a current pulling southward to Nusa Dua.

Supporting family and friends of the participants were following the race through live streaming at the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua, where the finish line was. The competition was fierce and the participants who were eager to win, had to make a sprint over the beach to the finish line, where they were cheered by Bali WISE students and numerous other spectators.

The last participant finished unexpectedly fast before 10am, due to the favorable current. But the swell was unexpectedly big, so that made for difficult rowing. Some participants capsized multiple times, but were kept safe due to the safety provided by Bali Lifeguard Association.

After the kayak race, the ROW FOR R.O.L.E event featured a brunch, an award ceremony, a silent and blind auction, raffles, a market, a Balinese dance performance by young children, a live band Modjorido, and had an absolutely great vibe. Most participants and attendees were in agreement it was the best event in a very long time!

An amazing total amount of over IDR 900.000.000 was raised through sponsorships, donations, auction biddings, and crowdfunding participants. And even now, donations are still coming in. R.O.L.E. Foundation wishes to gratefully thank all of them, and a special thank you goes out to Hyatt, in particular Marco Groten and Zulki Othman, being the main sponsor of ROW FOR R.O.L.E. and provider of the venues for the charity event and the Hyatt 2 Hyatt kayak race. Another special thank you goes out to FINNS for their very generous support.

 

Participant’s quotes

“It was quite a ride!!! We definitely had a challenge paddling with that current on those little boards!!! It may have been fast but it was furious. Well done everyone. Especially those who were tipped off, got back up and finished the race. “

“Well done amazing people. It was a pleasure and honor to be a part of such an epic event. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who made it through the finish line. It was a fast and furious paddle!!! The fundraising results were next level and the team of organizers incredible!! Thank you.

“What an incredible morning and spectacular achievement! I’m so glad to be part of it and thanks again for organizing the dolphins.

“Heeeey, it was sooooo cool! Loved the event. Thanks for organizing, everyone who took a part in it. R.O.L.E. Foundation team, you guys awesome! Safety crew, content makers and all administrators. Big thanks to all the sponsors as well! Of course, all of us rowers, we all made it happen !!”

“A Great event for a Great cause, Big thanks to all of you who put this together. Looking forward to the next one!”

“Such a beautiful and impactful event! Congratulations everyone who organized, participated, you could feel the good energy around it!

“One of the best things I have done in this year! Thank you all for the incredible energy & vibes.”

Prize Winners:

 

Fastest Male Rower
1. Hazel Devanda (Green School Bali) 1:20:00  
2. Rory Koch Callaghan 1:20:42  
3. Bobby Melville (Bali Bulldogs) 1:21:14  

 

Fastest Female Rower

1. Katherine Huskinson 1:25:01  
2. Elena Shevchuk 1:25:41  
3. Jill Robinson (Canggu Community School) 1:26:08  

 

Fastest Groms Devision

1. Rik Beugel (Canggu Community School) 1:32:25  
2. Oliver Schaap (Canggu Community School) 1:32:26  
3. Andrew Kaman (Canggu Community School) 1:34:32  

 

Fastest Big Kayak

Mark Tulloch 1:27:35  

 

Best Fundraiser

1. Austin Jones USD 5,050  
2. Kathi Van Koerber USD 3,360  
3. Mark Tulloch USD 3,442  

ROW FOR R.O.L.E.

The charity event ROW FOR R.O.L.E. is a community initiative to empower the local community through positive action. The event calls people and companies who are passionate about equal rights and opportunities for women, and an environmentally sustainable future for the island of Bali and our planet. The event is open to everyone, even those who have never kayaked before.

The financial support is used by R.O.L.E. Foundation to provide education, job training, and empowerment to marginalized young Indonesian women, provide environmental training for children and youth, clean up the coastal waste to create awareness and share knowledge about sustainable waste management to reduce waste going to landfill and oceans.

R.O.L.E. Foundation

R.O.L.E. Foundation was established in 2007 by Mike O’ Leary.

R.O.L.E. Foundation operates the Bali WISE Program, empowering marginalized young Indonesian women through hospitality training, and creating a better chance of finding employment with fair wages, uplifting them and their families out of the cycle of poverty, and therefore impacting their communities and the island of Bali. Another strong focus of the Bali WISE Program is creating a deeper understanding of self-worth, boundaries and women’s rights in Indonesia, to prepare these young women for a fair and nonbiased future. Bali WISE has educated over 1600 women since its beginnings and with an 87% success rate of job placement with fair wages.

R.O.L.E. Foundation also runs the ZeroWaste Center, focusing on reducing waste ending up on landfills, in rivers and in the ocean, by sharing knowledge about sustainable waste management in daily life through educational programs for public-school children and youth and providing employment for marginalized men and women in the surrounding local community in the permaculture garden and the waste management area.

Websites: https://rolefoundation.org ; https://baliwise.org ; https://zerowastecenter.org

 

Contact RO.L.E. Foundation

Handoko Rama; +62 857 3860 8278; rama@rolefoundation.org

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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