Having experienced the financial pressures of supporting her professional surfing career, Layne set out to establish a foundation offering assistance for those who need some extra help to achieve their ambitions. Layne recognised that it is a hard task to be the best at your chosen aspiration when you are busy working to substitute your income or doing your school work. There were plenty of moments when Layne wanted to quit and openly admits that she cannot begin to imagine where she would be now if she let money dictate her love for surfing!
For the first eight years of Layne’s surfing career, she was her main financial supporter. Working four jobs to fund her overseas ventures and contest endeavours meant very little time was left for surfing itself. A typical week would consist of sixty hours waiting tables, folding t-shirts, teaching people to roller blade, making and delivering pizzas and a total one-hour of surfing. Not the best regime for becoming a World Champion, but with every working hour Layne’s passion and perseverance grew.
The Layne Beachley Foundation ‘Aim for the Stars’ was established to prevent girls and women alike from having to experience similar adversity and financial hardship. Layne’s desire is to encourage, motivate and provide for all aspiring women. Encompassing seven pillars of pursuit including sport, business, science, environment and music, ‘Aim for the Stars’ offers ambitious and dedicated females an opportunity to receive financial and moral support to help them maintain a determined focus on their goal, to achieve their dreams earlier in life and allow them to further their ambitions and aim for the stars.
The foundation is an investment into the future of Australian women. Statistics show that involvement in sport or like interests detracts from drug addiction, criminal intent and teenage pregnancy. Pursuing personal endeavours enhances goal setting skills, encourages self discipline, furthers self esteem and fosters a motivational nature, all of which benefit professional, academic, personal and social interaction throughout life.
To dream takes courage, when you set yourself apart from the masses by committing to a goal, no matter how unrealistic it may seem.
For more information and to donate, please visit the Aim For The Stars website on www.aimforthestars.com.au.