The LBS team makes sure we are donating to local & national skate causes, and last year our donations went international. I can't remember how we heard about Skateistan but once we did we knew we wanted to help out.
Skateistan began as a grassroots project on the streets of Kabul in 2007, and is now an award-winning, international NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with projects in Afghanistan and Cambodia. It's non-political, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds.
Over the past year or so there have been more and more skate companies getting involved in Skateistan. Most recently, Zero has released a series of decks with Skateistan and each deck design has its own story. We've got the Zero x Skateistan Army deck (8.0) at LBS and here's the story behind the graphic:
"Although Skateistan's dedicated team of staff and volunteers see themselves more as a family than an army, we've had some fallen soldiers over the years who we will keep alive in our memories forever. These include four students and volunteers who were killed by a suicide bomb last year, as well as our former Sport Coordinator in Kabul, Khalid, who was a talented Afghan-Canadian skateboarder that joined Skateistan as a volunteer in 2010 and sadly passed away in 2012. When we saw the design above we thought immediately of Khalid and how excited he would be have been to see that he made it onto a Zero board graphic. One of three photos appearing on the board, it shows Khalid ollieing on a bridge behind Darulaman palace, where Afghanistan's royalty used to live. The other images in the collage were taken by Skateistan volunteers, and are likewise a testament to our amazing team around the world, whose hard work and passion help to keep Skateistan rolling."
To find out more about Skateistan, whether you can donate or just spread the word, check them out here. Or come in, claim a spot on the OC and flip through the Skateistan book we've got in the shop. -S