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Why this Bristol coffee company needs spare skate boards

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 05 March 2019 15:56

Why this Bristol coffee company needs spare skate boards

Bristol-based Extract Coffee Roasters is appealing to local skaters to donate their spare boards in aid of a charity which aims to empower young people through skateboarding.

The company aims to collect at least 100 boards to send to Ethiopia Skate, which formed in Addis Ababa in 2013.

David Faulkner, director and head Roaster at Extract, discovered the charity while travelling through Ethiopia sourcing coffee beans.

He said: “Ethiopia’s reputation for producing some of the world’s finest and most interesting coffees is well known, but to uncover a grassroots skateboarding movement was a real surprise.

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“When I came across Ethiopia Skate and saw groups of kids all sharing a single board, I immediately thought of my three spare boards at home doing nothing. 

“I’m sure many skaters are the same and that’s why we’re asking Bristol’s skate community to donate a board to help share our passion for skating and the positive impact it can have on young people."

Extract will also be co-hosting a skateboard amnesty event at Campus skate park in Bristol on 27 April.

Skaters can also donate boards at any Boston Tea Party.

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