Operation Smile Premieres Interactive Film “change foreverTM” featuring Tony Hawk to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Saving Lives
Film Allows Viewers to Send their Smile on the Journey of a Medical Mission, and Take a Pledge to Advocate for Children Born with Clefts
Norfolk, Va. – In honor of Operation Smile’s 30th anniversary celebration, share your smile with world-renowned athlete Tony Hawk. On January 10th, Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity, is premiering “change foreverTM” – a short interactive film starring Tony Hawk which can be viewed at www.wecanchangeforever.com. In the film, viewers can upload their smile through Facebook and watch as their smile travels around the world to help a child suffering from a facial deformity such as cleft lip and cleft palate. The online and social media campaign encourages individuals to join the movement by sharing their smile and the film on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. They also are asked to take a pledge to help create greater awareness for children suffering from facial deformities. The pledge advocates that every child has the right to smile.
The video is launching during National Birth Defect Awareness month. Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 of those children will not live beyond their first birthday. To increase awareness about this issue, Operation Smile launched its 30th Anniversary celebration with the change forever™ campaign, featuring a year-long series of events in the United States and globally. Operation Smile has set an ambitious goal to raise significant funds worldwide through the campaign to eradicate the backlog of children suffering from facial deformities, and increase global access to safe surgical care. Continue reading
…the film is part of Operation Smile’s “change forever” campaign, which features Hawk encouraging people to take a pledge, share their smile, and help create greater awareness of this issue of clefting.
“A smile is truly a platform to change everything,” said Bill Kliewer, CEO of Operation Smile. “We’ve treated children in some of the world’s hardest to reach places and given them new lives. Over the last 30 years, we’ve made incredible progress training doctors to provide safe surgery and quality care in the developing world, and building medical capacity in our partner countries. However, we must redouble our efforts. There are too many preventable deaths for children with clefts, and there are too many children dying because they have no access to safe surgery.”
With the help of medical volunteers from over 80 countries and generous supporters who share a vision to save children’s lives, Operation Smile has provided more than 3.5 million healthcare evaluations, and over 200,000 free reconstructive surgeries worldwide. With as little as $240 dollars, a surgery that can take as few as 45 minutes can transform the life of a child forever.
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Our favorite go-to website for donating and receiving something awesome in return, Charity Buzz, is running an auction for all you Eyas:
- ‘You and 3 guests can meet the world’s most famous skateboarder, the legendary Tony Hawk!
You’ll visit Tony Hawk’s private skate-park, home of Birdhouse Skateboards in Southern California. While there, you’ll see Tony’s giant ‘Huckjam’ ramps, meet Tony Hawk and sit in on a live broadcast of Tony Hawk’s Demolition Radio’
Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and renowned singer-songwriter and musician Ben Harper have come together to create a unique opportunity for professional skateboarders and iconic musicians to raise significant funds for the Tony Hawk Foundation, and raise awareness for the need for positive recreational outlets for at-risk youth.
Inspired by Ben Harper, a member of the Tony Hawk Foundation Board Of Directors and advocate for public skateparks, this fundraising initiative merges the worlds of skateboarding and music. Continue reading
The king of all things skateboarding, Tony Hawk, will be appearing on a upcoming episode of the Food Network’s program Cupcake Wars for a special event for Stand Up for Skateparks.
While we don’t think it’s likely that Hawks gazillion fans watch Cupcake Wars, we do and were wondering what kind of cupcake you’d create for Hawk?
Our creation would be The Tony Hawk Skate-Cake: vanilla cake with a mojito-cayenne cream center topped with chocolate cream, mini marshmallows set atop a tiny edible skateboard.
Be sure to tune in to check him out on Sunday, July 8th at 8pm/7c.
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Hotties are about to take over the X Games in Los Angeles this weekend, but it’s the RallyCross debut on Sunday that has us excited.
The Global RallyCross Championship consists of five wheel-to-wheel RallyCross races, all featuring an X Games-style 70-foot gap jump.
Although we don’t really know much about Rallycross, we are enjoying the mini-exodus of action-sports stars getting behind the wheel. To wit, 14-time XG skateboard medalist Bucky Lasek who will be making his X Games RallyCross debut on Sunday.
Earlier this week, Lasek was joined by PGA Tour babe Rickie Fowler at the Subaru PUMA Global Rallycross Team Testing Day. Continue reading
Tony Hawk, along with other pro-skateboarders, will perform on a specially designed vertical skate ramp set up outside UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science during the launch of ‘The Tony Hawk: Rad Science Exhibit’ on June 2, 2012.
The event, which begins May 26, demonstrates the important physics principles of skateboarding.
“Tony Hawk is famous for skateboarding, and UC Berkeley is famous for science,” said Gretchen Walker, Associate Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science. “This is a great match, like centripetal force to a kickflip.” Continue reading
Yesterday, skate-god Tony Hawk, used Twitter to create a real-time treasure hunt which sent a good deal of his 2.9M followers scrambling to find hidden treasures before someone else did.
#THTH works like this: once a year, and with a lot of help from ‘hiders’ Hawk hides big boxes of swag then Tweets a clue to its location. From Hawaii to Dublin to London, fans scrambled to get there first, take a photo and Tweet it to Hawk. Continue reading
‘Glee’ fans may have noticed something cool in last nights episode…during the musical number scene where the kids are off to “Senior Skip Day” all the clothing and skateboards came from Hendrick Boards-an eco-friendly skateboard and apparel company that gives back to local animal shelters and rescues across the nation.
“We are thrilled and honored that Glee selected Hendrick Boards to include our products in their Spring premiere,” said David Hendrickson, Founder and CEO of Hendrick Boards. “By showcasing our skateboards and apparel, Glee has only strengthened our vision to see a world where every animal has a loving, caring and respectful environment through the amazing work being done by local animal shelters and rescues.” Continue reading
Skate-king Tony Hawk is using Twitter again to reward followers with serious swag when he kicks off his annual Tony Hawk Twitter Hunt on April 15.
Hawk has been busy collecting goodies from companies such as Kohls, Birdhouse, Quicksilver USA and T-Mobile to give away to his followers…the hunt works like this… Continue reading
The founder of Skate 4 Cancer is collaborating on a new shoe in support of the Keep a Breast Foundation.
S4C founder Rob Dyer and friends have been skateboarding around the Globe, attacking with the phrase ‘Cancer is a Dick’ while raising awareness about cancer prevention.
The mission of Skate4Cancer is to hype up youth on the importance of cancer prevention and community building, making S4C a natural fit for the organization that coined the phrase ‘I Heart Boobies.’ Continue reading