7.7 Earthquake and Tsunami Hit Mentawai Islands Sunday

I just got an email from Dr. Schober, Executive Director, for SurfAid International that there was a 7.7 earthquake and following Tsunami on Sunday night that hit the Mentawai Islands and Western Sumatra in Indonesia. As you know, SurfAid has long been active in Indonesia promoting health and good will amongst the local islanders. Dr. Schober reports that SurfAid’s established emergency response system is in place and active. For additional information and published reports, please visit http://www.surfaidinternational.org/media/news.html#Mentawai_Earthquake If you don’t already support SurfAid, consider donating and supporting this great...

SurfAid International and Killer Dana Forge Philanthropic Partnership

Alliance to Help Increase Awareness of SurfAid’s Humanitarian Mission SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization, and action sports superstore Killer Dana, LLC, have created a philanthropic alliance to increase awareness of SurfAid’s mission to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions that are connected to us through surfing. The organization’s main focus is developing long-term, sustainable community health through the prevention of treatable disease via widespread education efforts to promote behavior change. SurfAid works in the Mentawai Islands, located 90 miles off Indonesia’s West Sumatran coast, and Nias Island, 80 miles off the North Sumatran coast. The infant mortality rate (children under five) in the Mentawai Islands is 93 per 1,000 live births – nearly one in 10. In Nias, the rate is 66 deaths per 1,000 births. In industrialized countries, on average there are six deaths for every 1,000 live births. SurfAid’s strategic alliance with Killer Dana will help spread the word to its core audience – the action sports community – about its mission to ease human suffering through community-based health programs. In an effort to reduce child mortality and prevent the spread of treatable diseases like malnutrition, infectious diarrhea and malaria, SurfAid offers community education on nutrition, hygiene, healthier sanitation practices, and use of specially treated mosquito nets. It also works to facilitate access to clean water and empower communities to build and manage sustainable water supplies. A socially responsible retailer, Killer Dana continues to focus on cause-based marketing efforts such as its partnership with SurfAid to make the world a better place by supporting a significant cause. Killer Dana will...