Skate for Philippines, Calgary skateboarder gives back
By Sheena Manabat
Photo by Liam Glass
This year, Chad Baker and his friends began an effort to give back to the skateboarding community in the Philippines. Baker is asking Calgarians to donate items such as clothing, hats, skateboarding gear or shoes to children in the Philippines so they may have a chance to pursue the much loved sport.
The 28-year-old tradesman and skateboarding enthusiast is actually half Chinese, but was inspired by his Filipino friend to kickstart the charitable effort. His friend who is traveling to the Philippines was too shy to solicit donations and so Baker decided to help him rally the community together. They plan to deliver the donations later this year and distribute them all over the Philippines. Baker and his friends are in the process of finalizing their own foundation which will allow money to cover costs of shipping products and producing more clothing for the children overseas. They hope to continue helping the skateboard community worldwide.
“We’re starting with the Philippines and picking another location afterwards,” Baker says.
Though Baker did begin soliciting donations earlier this year, he faced a major setback after his storage locker in his apartment building was broken into and $2,500 worth of items were stolen. However, Baker and his friends are continuing their efforts and hope to gather as many donations as possible before November 2017.
“It’s never too late to give back,” Baker explains, “The kids need anything and everything over there.”
To donate any skateboarding clothing, gear or shoes, contact Chad Baker on facebook or drop off items at the Mission Snow, Skate & BMX shop in Kensington.