Quiksilver and Surf Aid host “Wave of Compassion” charity fundraiser.

Quiksilver is proud to announce the inaugural Wave Of Compassion fundraising night to be held at the exclusive Torquay Sands Golf Club on Saturday October 16th.

250 guests including V.I.P surf industry heavyweights, local business owners, surf industry staff and local boardriders have been invited to attend the gala fundraiser. The highly anticipated night will include dinner, drinks, a silent auction and entertainment.

Auction items include an exotic all expenses paid ‘dream trip’ for four aboard the internationally renowned Quiksilver Crossing, a personally signed surfboard donated by six-time world champion Kelly Slater, a once in a lifetime jet ski ‘tow-in’ session with big wave rider Ross Clarke-Jones, pieces from acclaimed local artists Peter Webb and Dave Rossiter, Xavier Rudd signed merchandise and more.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the “Adopt a village” program in conjunction with Surf Aid International, to assist the people living in the Katiet village of Indonesia.

The money raised will significantly improve the health of the Mentawai people who suffer from life-threatening problems such as malaria, measles, diarrhea, and poor nutrition.

Former professional surfer and Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event commentator John Shimooka will MC the evening while guest speakers include Ross Clarke-Jones, Lance Knight (discoverer of “Lance’s Right”, now among Indonesia’s most famous surf breaks) and Ray Wilson, Chairman of Surf Aid Australia.

Dr. Dave Jenkins, current chairman of Surf Aid International, Medical Director and founder of the non-profit organization in 1999, is quoted in this month’s edition of Surfing World magazine as saying: “What we set out to do was really ambitious * We’re stoked that the surf industry increasingly recognizes the quality and commitment of our work and are also demonstrating the same level of commitment. Surf Aid, supported by surfing, is aiming to be the best thing that ever happened to the Mentawai Islands.”

Wave of Compassion has been made possible through a combination of passion, talents, typical surfing friendships and a genuine desire to give back and make a positive difference to those who need it.

The ultimate goal for Wave of Compassion is to raise funds to implement Surf Aid’s new five-year malaria control project. The project will be subject to strict monitoring and yearly evaluation.