THE SURF INDUSTRY UNITES TO PROVIDE CLEAN WATER TO 75,000 PUERTO RICANS
SIMA Raises Funds for Immediate Water Filtration for Those Affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria
Laguna Niguel, Calif. (October 17, 2017) – SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association) announces they’ve surpassed their goal of $30,000 to support Waves for Water’s filtration efforts on the ground in Puerto Rico. In the weeklong campaign, the surf industry partnered to raise over $39,000 – enough funds that will directly provide clean water to more than 75,000 residents for years to come.
“It’s been just over a month since Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on Puerto Rico, our friends, colleagues, and the millions of people living there,” said Dylan Slater, President of the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. “I’m proud of this industry’s quick response to unite and support a territory that we all share the utmost common concern for. We’re honored to align with Waves For Water and support their amazing work in Puerto Rico.”
More than 80 donors, from SIMA member brands, surf industry professionals and the public from around the United States and world made donations. Key financial support came from Billabong, EARTHPACK, Eros Schooner Yachts, L*SPACE America, Nixon, O’Neill, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Roxy, Stance, SURFER and Surfline. The amount raised will cover the cost of more than 750 MVP Filtration systems, which is the fastest, easiest and most cost-efficient way to get pure potable water to those in need. One system can provide 100 people with clean water for up to 5 years. At 0.1 micron absolute, it is impossible for any bacteria, protozoa or cysts to pass through the filter i.e. Cholera, Botulism, Typhoid, Amoebic Dysentery, E. coli, Giardia etc.
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 26 years, SIMA’s Environmental Fund has raised more than $7 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 $1.7 million to surf-related non-profit organizations. For more information regarding SIMA, please visit www.sima.com.