Fernando along with his brother Santiago, co-owners of California based Liquid Tribe win the Stokes Me Challenge, which awards them the honor.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre, wearing a t-shirt with the image of his recently born daughter Gina Eve, was presented the SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association) Humanitarian Award for Liquid Tribe’s leading fundraising team for the Stokes Me Campaign. Photo: SIMA
Fernando and Santiago Aguerre of Liquid Tribe have been crowned victorious as the top fundraising team for the Stokes Me Challenge by raising $7,500. This fundraising effort has awarded them both the SIMA Humanitarian Award.
Liquid Tribe was presented the honor at the SIMA Image Awards on February 7, 2013, at The Grove in Anaheim, California for their efforts.
“It doesn’t matter how much you donate,” said the ISA President Fernando. “If you touch someone else in their heart that day, you are a humanitarian. People say you can only be part of changing the world if you only make money. If that’s all you do, you are poor. Because when you die, you can’t spend it.”
Put on by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, Stokes Me is a 30-day digital fundraising contest that took place October 1 – October 30, 2012 and raised $78,000. Since 2004, the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, which the ISA President co-founded and chaired for many years, has donated more than $1.58 million to surf-related, non-profit humanitarian organizations.
All proceeds from this year’s efforts will benefit 10 surf-related humanitarian non-profit organizations selected by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund Board of Directors for focusing on improving the quality of life, health and/or welfare of people.
The 2012 Stokes Me beneficiaries include Best Day Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Jimmy Miller Foundation, Keep A Breast, Life Rolls On, Outdoor Outreach, Stoked Mentoring, SurfAid International, Surfers Healing and Waves for Water.