The organizers of the World Massage Festival have named Massage Without Borders as the recipient of the 2013 Aunty Margaret Humanitarian Award.

Massage Without Borders is an organization of volunteers who are coordinating fundraisers to raise money to help massage therapists in financial crisis due to natural disasters, health concerns or other challenges.

The award is named for Aunty Margaret Machado, who was a master practitioner and instructor of lomilomi massage. “People came to her from all over the world and attributed miraculous cures to her work,” notes the World Massage Festival website ( “Winners of the Aunty Margaret Humanitarian Award have freely shared their expertise and compassion with the industry.”

Massage Without Borders’ first major fundraiser, an online auction, raised more than $4,500. (MASSAGE Magazine was a co-sponsor of that event.)

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