Surf Dog Ricochet Raises One-Half Million Dollars for Worthy Causes
Surf dog Ricochet celebrated New Year’s Eve by reaching a new milestone: raising one-half of a million dollars. These funds have helped more than 250 different causes, as well as Ricochet’s programs and initiatives.
Ricochet has been raising awareness and funds for human/animal causes since 2009, when she jumped on a surfboard with Patrick Ivison, a quadriplegic surfer. As a result, she became the only SURFice dog that creates unique programs, initiatives and surf therapy experiences that empower kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ricochet also is the Canine Ambassador for Surfers with Disabilities.
Ricochet’s Waves of Empowerment program empowers individuals to help themselves by helping others while maximizing their well-being. These are people that Ricochet has previously surfed or worked with who are now volunteering to help the next wave of disabled surfers get on board with her.
Ricochet’s has been involved with a wide variety of projects that focus on community outreach, including her PTSD Battle Buddy Initiative, Operation Socialization, Friends of Bethany Hamilton Beautifully Flawed Retreat, ISA Adaptive Surfing Championship, Surf Away SMA, Life Rolls On, The Best Day Foundation, Veteran’s Adaptive Sports Camp, The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Ocean Therapy program and more.