Cabarete, Dominican Republic August 1st, 2012. The 4th annual Butterfly Effect Cabarete landed in Cabarete on July 28th, 2012. This year’s event saw its largest number of participants registering 102 waterwomen from all over the world. Local and visiting women gathered on the beach of Cabarete to complete a 4km downwind ride from Cabarete Bay to Playa Encuentro. The event was open to women who windsurf, kitesurf, surf, stand up paddle(SUP) or kayak. The waterwomen of Cabarete united their individual athletic abilities to celebrate their accomplishments as a united group. Over the course of the event many other girls and women were inspired to get out on the ocean and try some of the sports for the first time. The event included a beach cleanup, safety and stretching sessions, as well as food and gear from local sponsors. The event culminated in a celebration that was held at the luxurious Millennium Resort & Spa. A live auction was held, and the Butterfly Effect Dominican Republic surpassed last year’s efforts raising $5000.00 USD for The DREAM Project.
The beach cleanup resulted in 40 bags of garbage being picked up off the beach in Cabarete proving that this event is positively impacting our small surf community and preserving our natural playground. This environmental focus included, the participants, children from the DREAM Project, and members of the community.
“DREAM is especially honored to be part of this great community and global effort to empower women through sport. Many of DREAM’s programs are centered around leveling the playing field for girls and young women in school and life. We believe that the Butterfly Effect is a perfect reflection of those efforts.” Jonathan Wunderlich, Director of Development for DREAM project.
The Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring (DREAM) Project is a US 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides quality education for all children born into poverty in rural areas and small communities of the Dominican Republic.
“There is such a powerful presence of waterwomen here in Cabarete from all over the world and I have had the pleasure of watching this event grow over the last four years. The Cabarete community is motivated and united when it comes to supporting events and raising funds for local charities. There is a special energy here and Cabarete is one of my favorite destinations. I am already looking forward to 2013. “ Tatiana Howard, founder, The Butterfly Effect.