Sasfin and John McCarthy to help ‘Adopt a Swimmer’ 

John McCarthy, greener surfer
Published: October 3rd, 2016
John McCarthy, greener surfer, with Cobus Joubert

Greener surfer John McCarthy (right) with Cobus Joubert

‘Sea Change’, ‘Ocean Child’ and getting back to basics, without asking nature to pay the price for his love of surfing, are all concepts synonymous with John McCarthy’s ideals and lifestyle. This charismatic champion and founder of The Greener Surfer, who hails from Durban, has made a deep impact on increasing environmental awareness, inspiring change and sharing best practice with all things related to life and the environment.

The quest to share his knowledge of swimming, surfing and the sea brings John to Plettenberg Bay on Thursday 6 October (13h00 – 17h00) and Sunday 9 October (08h00 – 12h00) at the indoor swimming pool located on the farm “On Good Land”. He will be working with 20 children, aged 8 – 16 years, from the ‘Adopt a Swimmer’ programme. The ‘Adopt a Swimmer’ NGO is a passion of Plett local Louise Auersperg. The workshop will focus on breath control and the body’s direct response to being in water.

This vital programme empowers young underprivileged children, who are at risk of drowning, by teaching them how to swim. John will also be training Louise so that she may continue with the initiative. Sasfin has donated two of his custom-made surf boards to be auctioned off at the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, the proceeds of which will be donated to the ‘Adopt a Swimmer’ programme in Plett. John designs and manufactures non-toxic, natural surf boards.

John McCarthy, greener surfer

John McCarthy, greener surfer

Weather permitting, John will be exhibiting these boards in the surf, along with other surfers, during the Sasfin Plett Wine and Bubbly festival. 

“Sasfin believes in giving back to the communities in which we operate. Having John at the festival allows us to share a vital skill with children in the area. Our funding of the Adopt a Swimmer programme will assist the organisation in helping many more children to learn to swim. Sasfin is very proud to be involved in this life-preserving initiative and we look forward to seeing how the children benefit from John’s workshops,” says Cathryn Pearman, Head of Marketing for Sasfin.

Bidding for the surfboards will begin at R5000 and bids can be placed online at Bid or Buy.


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