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Remembering Danny Bobis: A Life of Wealth, Weighed in Spirit

Remembering Danny Bobis: A Life of Wealth, Weighed in Spirit

Danny Bobis was a fellow activist, a drummer, a husband, a surf coach, a math teacher, and a friend to countless people. Danny went missing almost two weeks ago while surfing in Indonesia and after an almost week-long search his body was discovered by a local fisherman. Our greatest fears were confirmed.

Danny’s right arm was tattooed with the message “Wealth is Weighed in Spirit” — a portion of the chorus from the title track of his band, Cipher’s, second full-length album, Children of God’s Fire. This proclamation was more than just a sing-along or mere tattooed lettering — these were words that Danny lived by and it is a sentiment echoed today in everyone whose life was touched by Danny’s.

Danny taught math and coached the surf team at Long Beach High School. When word arrived that Danny was gone, hundreds of his students gathered on the boardwalk for an impromptu candle light vigil, they were quickly joined by members of the community, surfers, activists and fans of his band. The gathering was an eye-opening summation of Danny’s spiritual wealth. If the people holding candles that night on the boardwalk made a point to touch only a fraction of the people that Danny did in his short life then tens of thousands of people would have their lives forever impacted.

It is people like Danny who are the game changers that will forever leave an impact on this world. In 2009 Danny helped launch a campaign with Sparrow Media that successfully halted the construction of an offshore Liquid Natural Gas substation slated to be built 13 miles south of Long Beach. In doing so he saved the fragile ecosystem of the Cholera Bank and secured the safety of Long Beach’s waters.  Danny also helped to organize fundraisers for Surf Aide International’s efforts to combat Malaria in South Asia.

For over a decade Danny’s band Cipher was, for many, their first taste of social justice activism, and for some the beginning of a life of charitable activism.  Danny used music as a medium for social change & education, playing benefit shows to fund relief efforts in the wake of hurricane Katrina or through helping to organize 100 Shows For Haiti. Cipher used their music as a means to educate at shows and Danny’s work as a teacher helped him to touch even more people.  Please join us in celebrating Danny’s life tomorrow at Laurelton Beach, NY.

The Bobis family would like to invite everyone reading this to a public memorial tomorrow, 8/7/2011 at 5:30pm at Danny’s hometown surf spot, Laurelton Beach, in Long Beach, NY (CLICK HERE FOR MAP & DIRECTIONS)  The entire community is invited. Join us as we honor a life of purpose and courage.

The memorial will be immediately followed by a paddle out to sea. All are invited to join. We will start promptly. For any questions, contact friendsofdannybobis@gmail.com”

The Sparrow Project has screen printed t-shirts and hand printed a limited run of posters on 12″ x 19″ french paper with the this image dedicated to Danny’s memory. All of the proceeds raised will go directly to Danny’s wife Rachel.

There are many benefits for the Bobis family planned for the near future.  To stay up-to-date about events in your area please check out the following links…

Daniel Bobis Fund Tumblr Page
Daniel Bobis Info Facebook Page
Alternative Press Benefit Raffle for Danny
Eastern Surf Magazine Benefit Roundup

We lost a shining example of a person when Danny passed.  We should strive every day to follow his example and continue to move this world as he would have.  If wealth is weighed in spirit then Danny’s legacy has left us all rich.

Long Beach Swim 4 Humanity Event to Benefit Surfaid International

Much thanks are due to Danny Bobis of Cipher for this contribution, and moreover big thanks are owed to Danny for all the hard work he has put into coordinating this amazing fundraiser in Long Beach.

Worldwide, 10 million children die each year from preventable diseases.

You can help make a difference by participating in Swim 4 Humanity in order to raise money and awareness for SurfAid International’s life-saving programs.

Surf Aid International is a non-profit humanitarian organization, dedicated to the improvement of the health, wellbeing, and self-reliance of people living in isolated communities connected to us through surfing.

Swim 4 Humanity is hosted in six cities on the west and east coasts from March to May 2010 and this year the Long Beach High School Surf Club is playing host to the NY Swim For Humanity event on Sunday May 16th, from 12-5 pm in Long Beach at the LBHS pool.

Prior to the event, participating teams and individuals get sponsored by friends and family for a 30-minute swim at one of the swimming pool venues. Competitive freestyle swims will be held each day and fun team relay races will take place in the afternoon. The ‘getting sponsored’ fundraising is pretty effortless and done through the email program on your personal donation webpage that’s set up for you once you sign up for the event.

Awards and prizes are presented to participants based on their fundraising totals. Top fundraisers, top fundraising teams, relay race winners, and top competitive freestyle swimmers recieve premium prizes. This years top fundraiser will receive a surf trip to Indonesia including round-trip airfare, courtesy of World Surfaris and Joyo’s Camp, the list of prizes & great stuff goes on…

SIGN UP HERE –   http://www.surfaidinternational.org/swim4humanity

If you want to donate to the LBHS Surf Club Fundraising Team click here

SWIM FOR HUMANITYNY event page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=433970965415&index=1

SURF AID ON FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/surfaid

Envy on the Coast & Cipher Say No to LNG

Ryan Hunter of Envy on the Coast Speaks out against the proposed construction, the effects on marine habitats, the toll of fossil fuels on human life & foreign policy & why you should contact Govenor Paterson and tell him to put an end to the proposed LNG island.

Envy on the Coast speaks out out against the proposed LNG island 13 miles south of Long Beach, NY. from Sparrow Media on Vimeo.SIGN THE PETITION! SCROLL DOWN FOR LINKS & RESOURCES ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED.

This plan is bad for the environment, ocean life, and beach goers. It poses a threat to security in the Northeast, and it broadens our dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels which can only lead to political tensions & potential future conflicts. Together we say NO TO LNG OFF OUR SHORES. There are a few easy ways to take action against this proposed plan to build an artificial island 13 miles south of Long Beach.

1.) SIGN THE PETITION ONLINE AT CARE2 http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/689151878 OR AT http://www.cleanoceanaction.org


Governor David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224 (governor’s email form)

Governor Jon Corzine
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

Yvette M. Fields, Director
Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, W21-309 (MAR-530)
Washington, DC 20590

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