Words by Tess Becker
The world’s largest diving organization, PADI, is working to help those affected by the recent Maui wildfires. PADI has teamed up with the Ako'ako'a Foundation, to create a relief fund to help people in Maui to get back on their feet as soon as possible.
“100% of all donations to this relief fund will be distributed directly to dive professionals in Hawaii in need of recovery from the devastating fires,” the fund reads. “As fellow dive professionals, our hearts go out to our scuba ohana.”
This serves as an image of unity for the international diving community.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected by this tragedy,” said Drew.
“United above and below the surface of our shared blue planet, we stand together with the dive community to provide strength and speed in recovery efforts,” said Richardson, CEO and President of PADI Worldwide.
There are many relief efforts across Maui, with funds for people around the island. Here are some ways you can help.
At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.
Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida. This organization helps support the fauna throughout the Florida ocean and nature. Find out more and support them here.
Genesis Women’s Shelter. They help women escape dangerous situations in the Dallas area. Check them out here.
Florida Bicycle Association. An organization that helps mobilize people and promote greener living and safer biking. Find out more.