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Beach community working to raise $15,000 for autism surfing camp

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) -

Allison Burbage isn't shying away from the goal.

The fundraising coordinator for Surfers Healing, Folly Beach, has worked for over four months to net $15,000 in time for Wednesday.

"I think we'll make it," she said.

Burbage, along with others in the Folly Beach community, gathered at Loggerhead's Beach Grill Saturday, as part of a day-long auction and raffle in support of Surfers Healing.

The national program, founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz, parents of an autistic child, hosts annual surf camps for children living with autism, also spreading awareness and providing resources for their families.

"It's magical when you see the kids on the beach," said Loggerhead's owner Ed Iames.

"We're giving a great day to kids that normally wouldn't have something like that."

When the day started, organizers were nearing the halfway mark, with up to $7500 raised toward their goal.  Burbage said the money will offset the costs for families headed to the Folly Beach camp next week.

The group is expecting up to 250 children Wednesday, August 20th.

"It's so worth it," Burbage added.

"It's just a perfect day on the beach."

To support Surfer's Healing on Folly Beach, contact surfershealingfolly@gmail.com.

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