Welcome to our blog where we share with you the progress of our field work, with its challenges and achievements, and also highlights from our fundraising events.

20 Mar 2015

Sydney Surfing Chefs Raises $44,000 for SurfAid

On 11th of March 2015, 300 plus guests descended on The Bucket List, Bondi and enjoyed an outstanding night of excellent food and fine wines, with the venue proving to be the perfect backdrop for the first ticketed Sydney Surfing Chefs event.

Guests included surfing and sporting elite, Martin Potter, Tom Carroll and Torah Bright, Andrew Judge and Dr Dave Jenkins founder of SurfAid along with their corporate supporters, top media, as well as a good sprinkling of Bondi local legends Rod Kerr, Eugene Tan, Bruce Hopkins, Harrison Reid, Dean Gladstone and Trent Maxwell….and of course a stellar team of chefs. ...read more

24 Feb 2015

City of Newcastle Team wins SurfAid Cup

For a second year in a row, the Newcastle City Council Boardriders have won the SurfAid Cup. Held at Merewether Beach, Newcastle, with 14 corporate teams raising $40,000 for humanitarian organisation SurfAid.

KCE won the SurfAid Cup fundraising trophy. The team of Chris Cashman, Troy Gould, Joe Myson and Paul Van der Velde raised $6,489. The Hunter Business Boardriders have now raised more than $200,000 for SurfAid since they started fundraising with the Surfest corporate breakfast in 2010.

All funds raised contribute to SurfAid’s mother and child programs in remote areas of Indonesia in Nias, Mentawai islands, Sumbawa and Sumba. “The funds raised by the SurfAid Cup in Newcastle, the ongoing support of Surfest, the Hunter Business Boardriders Club and the community of Newcastle saves lives in Indonesia. SurfAid works in places where hardly anyone but surfers go – but where there are high rates of infant and maternal mortality. Days like today show that surfers can make a real difference and give back to the places they love” says Andrew Judge, SurfAid’s CEO. ...read more

20 Dec 2014

A message from founder Dr Dave Jenkins

05 Dec 2014

Brad Gerlach asks for your support

04 Dec 2014

Lere rocks!

As I was huffing and puffing up the slope, careful not to drop off the steep wall, and anxiously avoiding the small ditch the community had dug with their simple hoes, sticks and coconut husks, I remembered how surprised I was reading the last sentence in the monthly report of this water project in remote Lere, on the island of Sumbawa, barely a week ago. “The community has already installed 30 metres of pipes in an extremely difficult environment.” I remember thinking, “30 metres? That is not much!”

But that is before I went to the water source, which is eight kilometres from the village. We travelled through picturesque rice fields, an almost dry riverbed filled with rubble and big rocks, then jungle. After scrambling on hands and feet over the steep slopes we finally made it to a small waterfall. ...read more

25 Nov 2014

Why does Lisa Andersen support SurfAid?

"I go to the Mentawai Islands every four to five years and you get to see these most amazing people who live in the villages that need our help. I’ve seen so much progression since the last time I’ve been there. Maybe some day we’ll have surfers coming from the islands and they will be future world champions." - Lisa Andersen

Check out why four-time ASP World Champion Lisa Andersen supports SurfAid.

Please join Lisa and all of our supporters in making this year the best yet. Your gift can save lives. ...read more

21 Nov 2014

Your support is helping to save and improve lives

Your generous support saves lives. We are happy to share with you just one example of the powerful impact of your donations. Nurita is a SurfAid staff member based in Nias who specializes in mother and child health. She asked us to tell you this story:
Ibu Genaria Draha lives in Mazingo Tanoseo, a hamlet of Hiliduho, on the island of Nias. Tragically, she lost her first child, aged one and a half, in March 2012 after two days of suffering from fever, vomiting and breathing problems.

In January last year, Genaria Draha gave birth to her second child, Olianus Telaumbanua, assisted by village midwives. The midwives put her baby on her chest right after she gave birth and they strongly suggested that she exclusively breastfeed until six months, and also go to Posyandu every month to monitor her baby’s growth and wellbeing. Her husband, who had learnt about the benefits of breastfeeding at Posyandu and by attending a film session in his village, also encouraged her. Since then, she has been attending Posyandu. ...read more

20 Nov 2014

Jackson English: SurfAid Humanitarian of the Year 2014

SurfAid has honoured Singapore-based Australian schoolteacher, Jackson English, with its Humanitarian of the Year Award 2014.

SurfAid founder Dr Dave Jenkins presented the award to English at the recent OzForex SurfAid Cup in Sydney, Australia. English competed at the fundraising event with his team, dubbed “The Paddlers”, and they won the surfing section.

Dr Jenkins said that English has been SurfAid’s most prolific individual fundraiser in the 14-year history of the non-profit organisation that focuses on community development in remote areas of Indonesia. ...read more