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Kids grind out hunger in the rain

October 31, 2010

By Alia Wilson

APTOS — A donation of 10 pounds of food or $10 got more than 30 kids a two hour skateboarding session at the first ever Skate-A-Thon on Saturday, a food drive for local children in need.

The event, organized by Santa Cruz nonprofit Grind Out Hunger and Rotary Interact and hosted by Twin Lakes Church, aimed to raise 10,000 pounds of food. At the end of the day, eager skateboarders raised 13,450. Over the next two months, Grind Out Hunger participants are working to raise 250,000 pounds of food through school food drives.

Grind Out Hunger, a charity created in 2004, helps the Second Harvest Food Bank raise food for children in Santa Cruz County. The charity raised 130,000 pounds last year.

The first annual Skate-a-Thon gave kids a chance to make progress toward their goal while skateboarding on a brand-new ramp and obstacle course. The total amount raised will go toward their school of choice as part of the Grind Out Hunger contest for Santa Cruz Skate and Surf Shop equipment and gift certificates.

“We’re trying to double the amount donated last year,” Grind Out Hunger founder Danny Keith said. “Second Harvest Food Bank serves 50,000 people a month in Santa Cruz County. Half are children. We really wanted to pitch in something for the youth, since Grind Out Hunger is part of Second Harvest Food Bank, it seemed fitting to have a good old fashion skate jam.”

Despite a few scattered showers throughout the morning, skateboarders ages 12 and under tackled the mobile skate park created just for the event.

Two wooden speed bumps were 11-year-old Moritz Wodtve’s favorite obstacle. “It’s awesome,” Moritz said.

“The idea is great,” said Beatrix Wodtve, Moritz’s mother. “We wanted to do something good. My boys love to skate. It’s great. They even got Jimbo Phillips’ autograph.”

Local skateboard graphic artist Jimbo Phillips brought his son to the event and signed skateboards featuring his latest design for Grind Out Hunger.

The Skate-a-Thon also included a raffle for a grand prize of a car, as well as skateboard-related goods. 13-year-old Gideon Walsh won the 1999 Mustang with the 10 tickets he received for bringing food to donate.

“We are tremendously grateful to Twin Lakes Church for hosting this special event and to ProBuild, Big Creek Lumber, Jesse Gullings Painting, and 3-D Construction for providing materials, design and labor,” Keith said.

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