Monday, July 03, 2006

Surfers versus malaria



So I'm heading out to the Mentawai Islands tomorrow to do a story about Surf Aid International, a surfer-funded group that helps local people in remote surfing destinations get healthcare. It'll be kind of a mad 3-day dash across the islands, so it's not quite a vacation, but I'm really looking forward to getting out to a rural area. If there's time, I'll also try to work on a story about preserving the local culture.

The story will be for the NPR sports program Only a Game, one of my favorite shows to work for.

Speaking of stories, I don't think my leper story has aired on World Vision Report yet, but the VOA ran a somewhat different version. Here's a link.

I don't expect I'll have internet access on the Mentawais, but will definitely post pictures and stories when I get back next weekend!

4 comments:

michele said...

good luck on the stories; sounds like a fascinating assignment and great destination to check out. i'm sure your focus will be medical care, but do find out any translations for "gnarly" if you can?

have fun!

Cazzie!!! said...

Wow, you have such interesting stories to tell, am wrapt I found your blog!!

walsh said...

great story on voa. thanks for posting the link. holy cow, what a story.

mr_john said...

Gnarly? Hmm....

Gokil is about as close as I can get I think...