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Our3Q – Continuity Skateboards, Malaysia

Wann – founder of Continuity – skateboard initiative which builds community and supports local kids and teenagers.

 

Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?

For becoming entrepreneur. At the beginning I just wanted to create a skate park, now I see more and more ways to sustain it. I started almost 4 years ago. I brought a piece of rock and put it in the park so kids can come and play with skateboards. And I saw they were coming. More than 2 years ago I started to build a proper skate park, also with shops, with drinks, different businesses around. It became amazing. It’s easy to start a blog, but to maintain it with interesting content is harder, right? This is the success for me. I make sure that business is going on. Every month we have different events, things are happening.

 

Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?

When it becomes a community space, the biggest challenge is to unite its members. There are a lot of people, some of them can get crazy, start a fight and it’s not good for the park. The challenge is to make people feel comfortable in that place, make them to like it. Once they do, they also bring their own energy and skills. But we need to work together; when people create different groups inside one community, it’s not good.

 

Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?

How to be sure all people who come to the park: junior, senior and veterans, are united and respect each other? I use our religion, we are Muslim and in Islam no matter what youngsters have to respect older. Second important thing after that is old to respect younger. And at the end we are obligated to respect people the same age. I repeat to our members: please respect all people. I made the video showing why it’s important to respect older people. And one day we also organized fasting ceremony in the park, so old people came to a youngsters place. And I invited youngsters to celebrate with them. We are Muslim, let’s pray together. I gave them permission to use the park. We prayed together and later older could visit the park and see how kids play, what they are doing. For the future… We want to demolish everything, get sponsors and build anew a proper plaza. We have some guys ready to help me. The money will come half from government, half from different companies. What we also need to succeed is a team which can run the park without me around. I’m good as an initiator but I’m not good to maintain things. Just two years and I already look forward to a new adventure.

 

Would you like to add something more?

The story of how we actually started is quite interesting. When I was teenager, young people in this area often took drugs, they got drunk, 17, 18, 20 years old. They lived in very limited space, wake up early because it’s hot and noisy and they don’t know what to do. So they go for hanging out, drugs, games. When I built my first skate park, just in front of my house, I saw small kids coming: hi, what’s this? They started to play, they sweated, watched videos together of other skaters. With time they started to be too many, we had to move to another place, close to my school. Now we have 20-25 skateboarders in our space. Some of them become successful, they have careers. I do movies with them skating which I publish in social media. Sometimes some guys call me after that offer a sponsorship. It is really happening. At the beginning I just loved skating. But now I want to see young people to have a proper place, to grow on what they do. To have a proper place to express themselves. Not show, but express, this is the right word. This encourages me to keep moving.

 

The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.

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Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia, 6th January, 2016

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