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2011 Kick4Humanity

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We are stoked to announce the 2nd Annual Kick4Humanity Soccer Tournament, which is only 2 months away, will be held in San Juan Capistrano on May 21st, 2011! This event will bring the surfing indusrty together to raise money for SurfAid, while having fun. 4 teams have already signed on for this year’s event!

Manhattan Beach, Ca – (March, 2011)
– We’re back…The 2nd Annual Kick4Humanity soccer tournament will be held at San Juan Capistrano Sports Complex on Saturday, May 21, 2011. This charity event brings the surf industry together to battle it out on the soccer field in support of a great cause – SurfAid International. It’s an awesome opportunity for people from the surf industry to get together, spend a fun day in the sun and raise much needed funds for SurfAid International.

Last year’s tournament featured teams such as RVCA, Jedidiah, Endemic, Volcom, Firewire Surfboards, SurfShot, SURFER Magazine, Transworld Business, So Cal SK8 & Surf and Laguna Surf & Sport, & Primo.

“We are excited to have the support of the surf community at our Kick4Humanity event again in 2011. Each team represents supporters who are essential to achieving our humanitarian work in the Mentawai Islands.” – Randal Schober, Executive Director, SurfAid International USA.

“As part of our annual community program we wanted surf companies to involve their employees in a worthy cause, while having fun. We wanted to put on an event that raised funds and awareness for SurfAid International in a fun way. We are very excited for this year’s tournament!” – Monica Staniec, VP of Marketing, iMa

We want to give a special thanks to the supporters and sponsors that have come on board already for this year: H2O Audio, Toms Shoes, PopChips, Barefoot Wines, Seshday.com, Sex Wax, Function Drinks and La Casa Del Camino Hotel.

Kick4Humanity will sell out, so don’t miss you chance to participate, sponsor, donate or volunteer. Learn more at www.doit4humanity.org/kick and register here!

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1st Annual Kick4Humanity was a success

This past Saturday iMa & SurfAid put on the 1st Annual SurfAid International Kick4Humanity soccer tournament, a charity event where the surf industry came together to battle it out on the soccer field. The event was an awesome opportunity for people from the surf industry to interact, spend a fun day in the sun and most importantly raise funds for charity. A total of $4,300 was raised for SurfAid in Kick4Humanity’s inaugural year.

The Surfshot team edged out Laguna Surf & Sport 2-0 in the final, becoming this year’s champion. Firewire Surfboards finished in 3rd place to round out the top three. RVCA was our top fundraising team and won the best spirit award, while the best effort award went to SurfAid’s own Javier Guerrero.

“It means a lot for SurfAid International to see such amazing support from the action sport community at an event like Kick4Humanity. SurfAid’s programs are designed around communities coming together to increase their health and well-being and bring positive change. Although very far from the SurfAid’s programs held in isolated areas off the coast of western Sumatra in Indonesia, and in support of what happened on Saturday in San Juan Capistrano for as people gathered to support a great cause through the joy of soccer.” – Javier Guerrero, Director, SurfAid International USA

“As part of our annual community program we wanted surf companies to involve their employees in a worthy cause, while having fun. The 1st annual Kick4Humanity tournament proved to be a successful and fun way to raise funds for SurfAid and we hope to see more teams involved next year”. – Monica Staniec, VP of Marketing, iMa

This event could not have happened without the support of the surf industry & the teams that participated. Teams that battled it out this year were RVCA, Surfshot, Surfer Mag, Jedidiah, SurfAid, Firewire Surfboards, Volcom, Laguna Surf and Sport, Soc Cal Skate & Surf, Transworld Biz, & Endemic. Hope to see you all again next year!

We also want to give a special thanks to all our supporters and sponsors: GoPro, New Era, EarthPack, Bo Bridges, Guayaki, Optimal Nutrition, Primo Beer, Sambazon, Pull-In, PopChips, Archie’s Ice Cream, FUEL TV, Shaka Laka, Hint Water, Sex Wax, Function Drinks, Barefoot, C-Siren Spa, La Casa Camino Hotel, The Roof Top Bar, Reef, & Togo Beach.

Results:
1st Place: Surfshot
Prize: Go Pro Camera, Barefoot Champagne & Primo Beer

2nd Place: Laguna Surf and Sport
Prize: LA Galaxy Tickets, Barefoot Champagne & Primo Beer

3rd Place: Firewire Surfboards
Prize: Pull-In Underwear, Barefoot Champagne & Primo Beer

Most Raised Funds & Best Spirit Awards
: RVCA
Prize: Painting by Bo Bridges

Best Effort: Javier Guerrero from SurfAid International
Prize: C-Siren Spa Certificate & Guayaki energy shots

About SurfAid International:
The mission of SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian organization, is to improve the health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.

Show Your Support! Kick4Humanity is on!

To donate please go to: Kick4Humanity Donations

SurfAid’s Kick4Humanity Tournament – 1/23/10

iMa is putting on the much-anticipated SurfAid International Kick4Humnaity Soccer Tournament in San Clemente on January 23rd, 2010. Brands involved in the surfing industry will battle it out at San Gorgonio Park to help raise funds for SurfAid. It’s going to be a day filled with food, drinks, prizes and good times.

This Year’s Tournament will feature teams such as SurfAid, Jedidiah, RVCA, Endemic, Volcom, Firewire Surfboards, L*SPACE, Surfshot, Chas Surfboards, Transworld Biz, So Cal SK8 & Surf, Laguna Surf & Sport & more to come. If you would like to become part of the “family” and make a donation, we have a page set up that gives you an easy access to donate to your favorite team and help SurfAid International help people in need.

Click HERE to make a donation.

We like to thank all of our supporters, donors and companies that have made this event happen.

I also like to give a special thanks to the members of WIAS, who have volunteered their time to help out with the tournament.

Don’t hesitate to come by and check out the tournament! To keep the festivities going, please join us at the OC Tavern after the event.

For more information on the Kick4Humanity Tournament, please contact: Monica@imaginemarketingagency.com

Padang Earthquake Relief

Please Support the People of Indonesia Affected by the Earthquake by Making a Donation to SurfAid International

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SurfAid has launched an Emergency Response Appeal to help the people of Padang who were hit by a huge earthquake (7.6 on the Richter scale) on Wednesday 30 September.

Program Director, Dr David Lange, narrowly escaped death as he fled the Ambacang Hotel, which then collapsed, killing many and trapping others.

DONATE NOW:
Any donations you can make are greatly appreciated.
http://www.surfaidinternational.org/site/pp.asp?c=ekLPK4MOIsG&b=5493943

Thank you!
SurfAid Situation Report from Padang:
Surfaids MattSurfAid’s Matt Hannon, who is normally based at Katiet village in the Mentawai Islands, assists with distributing emergency items to residents of Padang’s Chinatown, which was one of the most damaged areas of the city.

In the days since Thursday 1 October, the morning after the first big earthquake near Padang, SurfAid has partnered with a church volunteer group (World Harvest IFGF) to provide any possible help for survivors in Chinatown, one of Padang’s worst hit areas.

SurfAid has contributed medical supplies such as first aid kits, dehydration solutions, sutures, minor surgery kits and bandages, along with the distribution of clothes and tents from the IFGF to all poskos (coordination posts) in Chinatown and other areas with similar needs.

SurfAid is going to set up a trauma clinic with IFGF and assessment is taking place at the moment for the best, safe locations.

SurfAid target areas are: District of West Pasaman and Agam, and trauma clinics in Padang.

Padang Update from SurfAid Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Judge:

The government reports that 21,400 buildings are damaged or beyond repair. Many people are homeless or too scared to return to their homes due to fear of further earthquakes and a possible tsunami, so they are living outside in temporary shelters they have erected.

Surfaid needs urgent funds to buy medical supplies, tents, tarpaulins, water and food.

SurfAid’s Padang office survived the earthquakes and have now re-established Internet and phones.

SurfAid:
– is helping a local clinic by looking for medical supplies for them and a hospital
– has been assigned by the UN to assess coastal areas to the north, which were heavily smashed.
– has full responsibility for the Mentawai and Telos islands (Tom Plummer’s latest update on the Mentawai is below)
– will work with Mercy Corps in mainland Sumatra.

SurfAid Mentawai Program Manager Tom Plummer Reports:

Mentawai: Damage reported in three subdistricts on the islands of Siberut and Sipora include: three severely damaged houses; 106 moderately damaged. In terms of infrastructure: nine offices, six schools, two mosques, four churches and three bridges have all been classified as heavily damaged. SurfAid indicates significant impact of psychological trauma for residents who have no source of reliable information. Most of Mentawai islands do not have access to mobile phones, radio or television.
The Vice Bupati (Regent) and a local government delegation were heading to Padang on the morning of Monday 5 October to meet with the Governor.

Rapid Assessment on West Sumatra Earthquake from Agam and West Pasaman Regency

On October 4-5, 2009, three teams from SurfAid International did Rapid Assessment in two regencys, Agam and West Pasaman, West Sumatra, using the form from UNOCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Indonesia.

Two three-person teams went to West Pasaman and one team to Agam. The people interviewed were the local stakeholders – a female teacher, head of IDP (Internally Displaced Person) camps, a village leader and health staff.

1. The worst affected subdistricts in West Pasaman regency are:
a. Subdistrict of Kinali
b. Subdistrict of Luhak Nan Duo
c. Subdistrict of Sasak Ranah Pesisir

2. Agam regency
a. Subdistrict of Lubuk Basung
b. Subdistrict of Tanjung Raya
c. Subdistrict of Tanjung Mutiara
d. Subdistrict of Empat Nagari

There are eight out of 21 Ayam regency subdistricts which were badly hit by the earthquake, but the other four subdistricts are being handled by another NGO (IOM).

About 60-90 per cent of houses are damaged to the extent of being uninhabitable or dangerous, while the damage to public facilities (mosque, school, health centre, market) is about 20 – 50 per cent.

The communities have already received donations from the government and some NGOs but only in small amounts.

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