Dr Dave Jenkins is a physician who loves to surf.
In October 1999 Dr Dave took a break from his corporate directors job in Singapore and went seeking the perfect waves of the Mentawai islands in Indonesia. He found them but what he also found was to change his and the lives of thousands of others forever.
Dr Dave found that many of the local children were dying from totally preventable disease such as malaria and diarrhea. In a defining moment he left his job, sold his house, and founded a non-profit called SurfAid to teach these parents how to save their children’s lives.
Today SurfAid has grown to have 100 staff working in 4 locations and has become the “go to” organization for the UN, Australian and New Zealand Governments when disaster such as earthquakes and tsunamis hit the region.
SurfAid has won many awards including Humanitarian Prize for the World Organisation of NGOs in 2007 when they were chosen from over 49,000 non for profits and described as “one of the best non profits in the world.”
Shara Evans (Market Clarity CEO) met Dr Dave in 2013, and decided to facilitate introductions between telecom industry clients and SurfAid.
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Telco Together Foundation
Launched in July 2012, the Telco Together Foundation is a registered charity bringing together the telecommunications industry in support of Australian communities in need.
As a $40 billion industry, with over 25 million customers and 75,000+ staff, Telco Together has created a unique platform for social change. Their main activities are:
- Creating opportunities for telco staff to directly help communities in need through volunteering, fundraising and workplace giving
- Creating ways for telecommunications technology and resources to help the Not for Profit sector.
The Foundation is a member based organisation, with 15 telco service providers and vendors, including Optus, Vodafone, NBN Co, Cisco & Alcatel – representing a combined reach of 20,000 staff and over 13 million customers across Australia.
All funds raised by Telco Together go directly towards carefully selected programs assisting in the areas of homelessness, Indigenous, refugees and mental health.
Market Clarity is delighted to support this industry initiative, and donations can be made here.