The 5th annual Butterfly Effect Cabarete landed in Cabarete on July 27th, 2013. This year's event saw its largest number of participants, registering 120 waterwomen from all over the world.
The event, open to women who windsurf, kitesurf, surf, standup paddle or kayak, brought local and visiting women to the beach of Cabarete to complete a 4km downwind ride from Cabarete Bay to Playa Encuentro. As a group, the waterwomen united their individual athletic abilities to celebrate their accomplishments. Over the course of the event many other girls and women were inspired to get out on the ocean and try some of the water sports for the first time.
The event included a beach cleanup, safety and stretching sessions, as well as food and gear from local sponsors. The event culminated in a celebration that was held at the luxurious Millennium Resort & Spa, with a live auction that surpassed last year's fundraising efforts. The auction raised $8,000 USD for The Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring (DREAM) Project, a US 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides quality education for all children born into poverty in rural areas and small communities of the Dominican Republic.
The beach cleanup resulted in 40 bags of garbage being picked up off the beach in Cabarete, proving that this event is positively impacting our small water sports community and preserving our natural playground. This environmental focus included help from the BE event participants, children from the DREAM Project, as well as members of the community.
"DREAM is especially honored to be part of this great community and global effort to empower women through sport. Many of DREAM's programs are centered around leveling the playing field for girls and young women in school and life. We believe that the Butterfly Effect is a perfect reflection of those efforts," said Jonathan Wunderlich, Director of Development for the DREAM project.
"There is such a powerful presence of waterwomen here in Cabarete from all over the world and I have had the pleasure of watching this event grow over the last five years. The Cabarete community is motivated and united when it comes to supporting events and raising funds for local charities,” said Tatiana Howard, founder of The Butterfly Effect. “There is a special energy here and Cabarete is one of my favorite destinations. I am already looking forward to 2014."
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