Surf's Up for Humanitarian Aid
21 June 2010 at 11:41 am
SurfAid International, in conjunction with Corona and Goldman Sachs JBWere, will be bringing together surfers and supporters from the business communities of Australia to celebrate SurfAid’s achievement of 10 years of humanitarian work this July.
The events are aimed at generating awareness of SurfAid’s program achievements and initiatives and provide an opportunity for supporters to contribute to SurfAid’s ongoing community development work.
SurfAid works hand-in-hand with the communities of the Mentawai and Nias islands, off Indonesia’s Sumatran coast, where more than 70 per cent of each population lives below the poverty line.
SurfAid’s research shows that nearly one in 10 Mentawai children do not make it to the age of five. This is 15 times the death rate of developed countries where, on average, there are six deaths for every 1,000 live births.
The scope of SurfAid’s work has increased from malaria prevention to encompass community health programs, including water and sanitation projects, and disaster preparedness and relief.
In 2007, SurfAid was awarded the World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (WANGO) Humanitarian Award, after being chosen from more than 49,000 not-for-profits worldwide.
Dr Dave Jenkins says SurfAid has always been about creating lasting change, not patch-ups which don’t work for long.
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