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NC surf charity gets the ‘Hero’ treatment in Oprah Winfrey Network documentary

Indo Jax Visually Impaired Surf Camp.
Indo Jax Visually Impaired Surf Camp. Courtesy of Jesse Stephenson

A Wrightsville Beach-based charity will be the subject of an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary airing this weekend.

The one-hour OWN documentary series “The Hero Effect” shot on location at an Indo Jax Surf Charities camp for visually impaired youths. The free camp is one of several designed by founder Jack Viorel, a retired first-grade teacher, with the mission to build self-esteem and empower medically fragile, special needs and disadvantaged children.

“Getting into the ocean and learning to surf, particularly special needs children, is a life-long lesson about stepping out of your comfort zone, into unpredictability, and removing limitations,” Viorel said in a press release. “Everything in life has a bit of fear. We teach the kids that it’s okay to be afraid.”

The special is hosted by Super Bowl champ Donald Driver (2010, Green Bay Packers) and actress Emily Watson (“War Horse”) and airs at 10 a.m. Saturday on OWN. The episode on Indo Jax is one of 10 profiles from across the U.S. of ordinary people making extraordinary differences in their communities.

Indo Jax Surf Charities, founded in 2006, has programs in North Carolina, California, Nicaragua and India, with camps specially formatted for autism, visual impairment, childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, Boys and Girls Clubs, Children of Belarus, the Boys and Girls Home of Lake Waccamaw, inclusion camps and special needs camps. The nonprofit expects to reach about 1,000 children in 2017, at no charge to them or their families.

Wrightsville Beach-based Indo Jack Surf Charities, which aids disabled and disadvantaged kids, is the subject of the OWN documentary “The Hero Effect” airing this weekend.

Learn more about Indo Jax Surf Charities at indojaxsurfcharities.org.

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