SIMA Humanitarian Fund Donates To Hurricane Odile Relief
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (September 19, 2014) – In response to the situation in Los Cabos following Hurricane Odile, the SIMA Humanitarian Fund has accelerated their grant to longtime beneficiary Waves for Water with an immediate disbursement of $5,000 in response to the recent storm that struck the tip of the Baja peninsula.
Hurricane Odile, a Category 3 storm, hit Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo causing massive destruction throughout the region. Waves for Water, led by former pro surfer Jon Rose, has mobilized an emergency response team to help the areas that have seen the most damage.
The SIMA Humanitarian Fund is giving $5,000 to immediately support Waves for Water and is encouraging the surf community to follow suit. For every dollar donated to the Odile Relief, past SIMA Humanitarian Fund President Fernando Aguerre will match the donations up to $5,000. Donations to benefit Hurricane Odile relief can be donated directly at www.wavesforwater.org/project/odile or through www.stokesme.org.
"Cabo and the surrounding area is a key area for the surf community and the surf industry," said Ross Garrett, SIMA Humanitarian Fund President. "The situation there is much worse than people might imagine, and Jon and his team will be able to make an immediate and lasting impact on the recovery."
For more information on how to get involved or to donate visit www.wavesforwater.org or www.stokesme.org.
StokesMe September is the official fundraising effort for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. This year, StokesMe supports 12 surf-related humanitarian organizations dedicated to improving the life, health, and/or welfare of people. The 2014 SIMA Humanitarian Fund beneficiaries are: AccesSurf, Best Day Foundation, Boarding for Breast Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, Life Rolls On, Mauli Ola Foundation, Outdoor Outreach, STOKED, SurfAid, Surfers Healing, and Waves for Water.
The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. In the past 24 years, SIMA’s Environmental Fund has raised more than $6.5 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. The SIMA Humanitarian Fund, also a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, was established in to award grants to various surf or boardsport related social and humanitarian non-profit organizations whose efforts are focused on improving the quality of life, health and/or welfare of people. Since 2004 the SIMA Humanitarian Fund has raised and donated more than $1.6 million to surf-related non-profit organizations. For more information regarding SIMA, please visit www.sima.com.