SurfAid International, a humanitarian aid organization that focuses on getting much-needed healthcare and malaria prevention technologies to underprivileged communities mainly located in the Sumatran Islands, will team up with fine art photographers locally for its latest charity benefit event.

SurfAid’s Los Angeles Chapter presents Surfography, an exhibit and silent auction of surf photography, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 23rd, at A&I Photo Labs, 1550 17th St., Santa Monica. Admission is free, but donations are requested.

In its six years in existence as a charity, SurfAid has made strides towards disease reduction in its focus areas.

Three Los Angeles volunteers recently started the Los Angeles Chapter of SurfAid to promote awareness in the local community SurfAid’s mission.

The group says it has found many people in the Los Angeles area who have an interest in philanthropy and compassion, and also have a connection to surfing.

“Our community is progressively becoming more conscious of worldwide issues that deserve attention from more fortunate and developed countries such as our own,” says Liz Johnson, a spokeswoman for SurfAid.

Six years ago, physician and surfer Dave Jenkins went on a surf charter to the Mentawai Islands with the goal of finding the perfect waves.

He found some great surf, but what he also found was many Mentawai people suffering and dying from the ravages of malaria and other preventable diseases.

Troubled by what he saw, Jenkins went on to establish SurfAid International and to advocate community-based health programs. He gained support from the New Zealand and Australian governments and people in the global surfing community.

The group now has offices in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia.

The photographic works in Surfography have been donated by photographers in the surfing community. The photographs have been printed, mounted, and framed by A&I Photo Labs, which has provided its Santa Monica location for the event.

The reception for the show will include food, beverages, and live music. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to SurfAid, including the sales from the photography auction and collectible books, according to the group.

Information, (310) 367-1561 or www.surfaidinternational.org/.

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