Jamie Thomas‘ recently launched talk show Thrill of it All sees Skateistan founder Oliver Percovich sitting down to discuss his life, how the NGO came about in the first place and the ups and downs of one of the most inspirational groups in skateboarding today. Skateboarding chat shows might be ten a penny now, but this one is very much worth a watch as it lays out a truly interesting tale that may well inspire you to take a different path than the one society has laid out for your. There’s also something quite entertaining about the rough around the edges approach taken in Thrill of it All – Jamie isn’t the most charismatic host, the whole thing sounds like it was recorded in an aircraft hangar, but that’s part of what gives this its charm. Get the kettle on, because you’re going to want to settle in for this one!
“In this episode Oliver Percovich talks with Jamie about his passion for the youth & the heart warming story of Skateistan, the Award Winning NGO that has been able to overcome the toughest racial, gender & socioeconomic boundaries in Afghanistan, Cambodia & South Africa.”
Filmed & edited by Tim Cisilino.
Check out Skateistan’s website for more information on the NGO and for details of how you can donate, volunteer with them or help in other ways – click on the text below…
“It all started with one man and his three skateboards on the streets of Kabul in 2007. His idea became Skateistan, the first international development initiative to combine skateboarding with educational outcomes. Although it started in Afghanistan, Skateistan now runs in Cambodia and South Africa too, reaching thousands of children and youth. What started with a board and four wheels is now an award-winning, international NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with the mission of empowering children and youth through skateboarding and education. Almost 10 years on, Skateistan is creating leaders that make a better world. This is how it all began and how it came to be.”