Fundraising for marine sciencePro Dive's 'Women in Diving' seminar raises over $1,600 for Earthwatch.
Pro Dive is Brisbane's biggest diving operator and the event was coordinated by Pro Dive's Eirin Fondal, who participated in Earthwatch's Turtles in Trouble project earlier this year.
Earthwatch scientist Dr Kathy Townsend, University of Queensland, made an excellent and engaging presentation on the night discussing her new Turtles in Trouble and Project Manta Earthwatch teams that volunteers can join.
With artwork donations from well known shark and underwater marine expert and conservationist Valerie Taylor and underwater photographer Jane James, the pair helped raise $660 in funds for Earthwatch with a live auction of their pieces.
Jane kindly donated a beautiful painting of a jellyfish and Valerie two pieces of her artwork as well as a handmade shell necklace.
ProDive donated all proceeds for the evening, along with 5% of sales from dive gear sold on the night and throughout the week.
"By the time all final proceeds are counted, this event will have raised over $1,600 as a direct donation to Earthwatch which is a fantastic response," said Earthwatch's Caroline Bayer.
Many thanks to ProDive, Valerie Taylor, Jane James and all 'Women in Diving' attendees for their support of Earthwatch and Kathy's critical marine research.
To find out how your community group, business or school can get involved with Earthwatch by organising a fundraiser, contact Caroline Bayer on 03 9682 6828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Kathy Townsend accepts the cheque from Pro Dive's Mark Green.
Artwork donated by Valerie Taylor.
Guest speakers Kathy Townsend, James Kramer, Valerie Taylor and Kirsten from Dive Adventures.