On Saturday 24th of September 2022, Scholars of Sustenance Indonesia a food rescue foundation, which has been operating in Bali since 2017, organized the “Million Meals Paddle,” a 10 km ocean paddle rally that started and ended at the Rip Curl School of Surf at Prama Sanur Beach Hotel. Stand-up Paddle Board, Surf Board, Canoe/Kayak, and Double Canoe/Kayak are the four categories this year. The event’s objective is to generate money to feed the needy populations in Bali and Indonesia, including orphanages, homes for the disabled, victims of natural disasters, and other vulnerable communities throughout Bali at the same time protect the environment by reducing the quantity of food waste disposed of in landfills.
More than 50 participants show up at the Rip Curl School of Surf at the Prama Sanur Beach Hotel at 6 a.m. for registration, which is followed by a pre-paddle briefing and an official event opening by Mr. Ida Bagus Gede Sidharta Putra, MBA, the owner of the Santrian Group of Hotels and the Chairman of Yayasan Pembangunan Sanur. International and local participants waited at the starting line on the beautiful Sanur beach as the countdown to the 10 km paddle challenge began at 7 a.m. in the morning. The sky was clear and sunny, and the participants quickly ran one by one to their paddles to begin the challenging paddle race.
Professional surfers including Patrik Duke, Ryuki Waida, and Lidia Kato were spotted participating in the race. Philip Duke, a 13-year-old junior professional surfer who entered the surfboard category and has been surfing since he was 4 years old, expressed his excitement to participate in this charitable event. “I want to support the vulnerable, and if there is another event like this, I’d like to participate again. This event is so much fun, even though it is exhausting”, he stated.
Ryuki Waida, a 19-year-old surfer who has participated in multiple surf events in Indonesia and abroad, is excited to attend this event, saying, “This event is extremely wonderful because we can all come together for charity. According to Ryuki, who is the brother of national professional surfer Rio Waida, “I would also love to help the people of Indonesia, especially Bali. For the public to engage in helping those in need, I hope that events of this nature can be held regularly in Bali.”
The majority of participants agree that the event was a lot of fun and are happy they took part especially because they can help people in need in Bali through this event.
“It was amazing,” said Kevin Girard a hotel General Manager from Canada who participates in the SUP category.
“It was nice to be able to give something back,” said Jorgen de Roos student from the Netherlands
“It was nice that I can help in this way, to feed more people!” Thomas Cox an intern student from the Netherlands said.
“The 10 km Stand Up Paddle challenge was hard and great. I did not give up but gave it my all. The complete set up for the spectators, raffles, yoga, massage, and entertainment for kids was great Thank you for making this possible” – Nikolaj Jensen owner of Nick Tours agency in Sanur who took the Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge.
Sara van Beek from the Netherlands who won 2nd place in Canoe/Kayak category said “You have to embrace – not fear the challenge! We hope 10 years from now the food system is different” (BTN/r)