LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – The Mauli Ola Foundation aced its first official fundraiser with a party featuring the English Beat on Saturday, June 14, in Laguna Beach. The sold-out event went off without a hitch, attracting about 200 guests.
“We had many great raffle prizes from sponsors Ambry Genetics, Volcom, Quiksilver, Electric Visuals, IMPAC, BJ’s Restaurant, Laguna Surf and Sport, the Mint and Sue Greenwood Fine Art and the Sageman. A great time was had by all, along with guest speaker Emily Haager who gave everyone an insider’s perspective on the connection between surfing and cystic fibrosis,” said Mauli Ola President James Dunlop
The Mauli Ola Foundation will use the proceeds to introduce children with genetic disease to the recreational and health benefits of surfing through its Surf Experience Days. It has been suggested that surfing is an actual treatment for cystic fibrosis, and one of the missions of the Mauli Ola Foundation is to get children and young adults with cystic fibrosis out in the ocean surfing.
James Dunlop says, “After about ten years of working with cystic fibrosis at the diagnostic testing level at Ambry Genetics, my brother Charles and I (both lifelong surfers) decided to give back. When doctors in Australia reported their CF patients who surfed felt better, and medical science reports backed it up, we knew that was the perfect time to connect the two worlds. That was the inspiration behind the Mauli Ola Foundation.”
Mauli Ola means “breath of life from the ocean” in Hawaiian. It is the dense salt air that is close to the surface after breaking waves that is beneficial to people with cystic fibrosis.
The Mauli Ola Foundation (MOF) is a 501(c)(3) pending non-profit organization. It was organized in 2008 to promote education and awareness of genetic diseases and to increase research for cures and treatments. The MOF raises funds to support programs for kids and adults with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities through social events such as music concerts, sports tournaments, galas, and other great events. The goal is to provide a direct and immediate path for children with genetic disorders to an enjoyable and healthy way of life through natural treatments.
Additional information about the Mauli Ola Foundation is available at Mauliola.org. Volunteers are welcome.