Frontman for Canadian band I Mother Earth, Brian Byrne, launched OCD Collective, a new clothing line that will help families with autistic children. Byrne has called on the help of other influential Canadians such as musician Sam Roberts, actor and comedian Shaun Majumder, and CBC talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos to design t-shirts to help send kids to Surfers Healing camp, a sports-based therapy camp for children diagnosed with autism.
Surfers Healing camp was co-founded by pro surfer Israel “Izzy” Paskowitz and his wife Danielle. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three but the pro surfer couldn’t help but notice the positive effect his sport had on his son. He and his wife began the camp to help share the unique therapy with other families with children diagnosed with autism.
OCD Collective’s special t-shirt line also features a QR code that will help link buyers with stories from the families that have benefited from Surfers Healing, background information on the artist who designed the shirt and updates on fundraising. “Surfing has brought me so much happiness over the years and has helped me connect in a profound way with the planet we live on and the people with whom we share it,” said musician Sam Roberts. “Surfers Healing is bringing that joy to so many kids, each one is so deserving of a chance to learn from and enjoy the ocean.” Half of the proceeds will help families with autistic children send their kids to a Surfers Healing camp.