About Design For Humanity.
Design For Humanity is Billabong’s charitable division created at an international level that seeks to generate founds from the sale of limited edition products to donate to environmental and humanitarian causes.
Design For Humanity operates under Billabong’s philosophy of be the change you want in the world. This is a challenge for people to live their lives by example and be proactive in creating a more responsible world.
Design For Humanity allows Billabong to empower, encourage and promote awareness of environmental and humanitarian issues relevant to the youth of today through fundraising and promotions.
All activities are centred around a chosen charity and aim not only to benefit that cause, but to celebrate the environment, fashion and art.
About SurfAid International.
The mission of SurfAid International, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization, is to improve the health of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.
Eight years ago, physician and surfer Dr. Dave Jenkins went on a surf charter to the Mentawai Islands with one goal in mind: to find perfect waves. The surf proved to be everything he had hoped for. What he also found, though, were the Mentawai people---mostly women and children-–-suffering and dying from the ravages of malaria and other preventable diseases. Troubled by the inequity of lifestyles and moved by compassion, Dr. Jenkins went on to establish SurfAid International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering through community-based health programs. With the support of the New Zealand and Australian governments, the global surfing community, and most importantly the Mentawai people of the affected areas themselves, SurfAid has come to exemplify the healing power of cross-cultural partnerships.
By fostering community participation SurfAid's goal is to empower people and provide community based health and development programs to control malaria, improve nutrition, and hygiene; and decrease the rate of deaths from respiratory infections and diarrhea. The programmes empower local communities to continue to bring about their own improvements in health and quality of life and are designed to work with local government and non-government organizations to bring about permanent change.
Since 5 years and the launch of its immunization program, 23 000 people have been immunized and many pompes à eau have been setted up. During the 2005 Tsunami, SurfAid helped more than 160 000 people, 325 tonnes of food and emergency help were distributed as well as 20 500 impregnated mosquito nets.
Billabong is also working with SurfAid International to launch unique school programs that will provide a dynamic learning opportunity for students, educating them about the geography, economy, culture, health and living conditions of the 70,000 people of the Mentawai Island region, off the coast of West Sumatra, Indonesia.
SurfAid International Founder and Medical Director, Dr Dave Jenkins, said the program, which will involve schoolchildren in Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Europe, was an example of the power of partnerships.
« At SurfAid we have always aimed to use the uniqueness of our mission and its relevance to the youth of today to offer them education on critical global issues such as reducing world poverty. This program makes an important contribution to that objective. » Dr Jenkins said.
« The program is the culmination of years of commitment from Billabong to our cause, both corporately and from their staff and sponsored athletes. »
Thanks to the support of the international surfing community, SurfAid wishes to keep helping the Indonesian people, and to spread its actions to other affected surfing areas.
Learn more on www.surfaidinternational.org