Swimming to Save Lives: Humanitarians Join Together to Raise Money for SurfAid International

Opportunities to turn a few hours of fun into life-saving support for isolated regions of the world are few and far between, SurfAid International is thrilled to announce registration has begun for the second annual Swim 4 Life fundraiser. Four California venues have been selected this year including San Diego on March 29th, Orange County on March 30th, Los Angeles on April 5th and San Francisco on April 12th. This fundraiser is a chance to get together for a good swim to raise awareness and help save lives.

With four venues this year, fundraising efforts begin immediately. Teams and individuals participating in Swim 4 Life will work to gain sponsors for their thirty minute swim. The money raised goes towards SurfAid International and its efforts to improve the health of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. It will also be a small step in furthering the United Nations 15-year Millennium Development Goals aimed at reducing extreme poverty and preventable deaths worldwide.

“The Swim 4 Life event is a great way to raise awareness of the outreach that SurfAid does around the world” says Val Reynolds, one of last year’s top fundraisers. “Having a fund raiser built around a healthy activity like swimming is a fun way to get in shape and get my surfing friends to donate money for a good cause. Many surfers have traveled the world surfing and seen the challenges 3rd world countries to fight diseases like malaria, and SurfAid has had such a huge impact in these areas.”

The top fundraiser will receive a surf trip with World Surfaris USA to G-Land Joyo Surf Camp, Indonesia, one of the world's most incredible surfing destinations! Top Team (fundraising total) will receive two berths on Islander Sportfishing 7-day Surf/Fish Boat Trip to the Isla Natividad region of Baja California.

Other Top Fundraising Prizes include a brand-new Green Surfboard from NVS.com. Plus, every participant will have the opportunity to receive incentive prizes granted by sponsors at important fundraising milestones. A quick cross section of prizes includes skateboards from GFH Boards, watches from Freestyle, natural sun care products from Beyond Coastal, sunglasses from Dragon, backpacks from DaKine and much more to come as the contest nears. Plus, Rubio’s is generously providing lunch for all participants!

Swim 4 Life is sponsored by: Cytomax Performance Drink, GFH Boards, Beyond Coastal Sun Care, SurfShot, Freestyle USA, Angel Printing, DaKine, SurfAddict, GoPro, NVSsurf.com, Islander Sportfishing, G-Land Joyo's Surf Camp,Lulu Design, World Surfaris USA, Rubio's and Dragon. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to get involved in this opportunity to help saves lives by forming a team. Register for Swim 4 Life today.

Dates and Addresses:

Saturday, March 29, 2008 @ 12noon: Coggan Aquatic Complex, 800 Nautilus Street, La Jolla 92037

Sunday, March 30, 2008 @ 12noon: Los Caballeros, 17272 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, 92708

Saturday, April 5, 2008 @ 12noon: Pepperdine University, 24255 PCH, Malibu, 90263

Saturday, April 12, 2008 @ 12noon: Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club, 370 Drumm Street, SF 94111

Go to the Surfaid International website for further info.