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Earthquake relief for Blue Marlin

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Hello all past, present, and future members of the Blue Marlin Family



As you know, on Sunday night we experienced a magnitude 7.0 earthquake with the epicenter not far from the Gili islands.

Unfortunately, many people have not only lost their businesses but also their lives. Many of our local staff have been left homeless and with limited access to food and water. It is our goal to be able to support them and help them to rebuild their homes and look after their families as much as we possibly can. Donations will be used to rebuild houses and provide immediate care such as food, water and medical supplies. 

Luckily, the Blue Marlin Dive team is safe. We have all relocated to Bali for the time being. We hope to go back to the island next week when we can start receiving supplies to begin the rebuilding process.

Fortunately, our facilities at Blue Marlin have minimal damage, but we cannot be up and running until all of our staff have taken care of their families affected. 

We will do our best to keep everyone informed on the status of the island through our FB and Email.

If you have an upcoming trip in August, please cancel your booking and we will waive all cancellation fee. For those of you who need refunds, please be patient with us and we will try to sort everything out as quickly as possible alternatively if you would like to give your deposit as a donation please email us and the money will go towards helping our local staff rebuild their lives. 

Unfortunately GoFundMe is not able to transfer money directly into an Indonesian bank account where it would be best used we have contacted GoFundMe about this and following their advice all money in this account will be transferred into a personal account owned by Luke Cresswell and then transferred Via Paypal to the Blue Marlin Paypal account. It will then be withdrawn by the Blue Marlin managers Fiona Smith and Ondrej Gomola. Immediate funds will be used for emergency relief we will be buying supplies here in a Bali since resources are limited in Lombok and then placed on a boat to Lombok our first boat leaves on Friday. This boat will be met by our ground team in Lombok who will collect the supplies and are curently driving around distributing them to our staff and their families. The remaining funds will be distributed to our staff to supply building materials so they can rebuild their homes. 

Thanks so much to everyone who has sent thoughts and prayers our way.

We hope to see everyone again soon!

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/06/asia/lombok-earthquake-intl/index.html 

Kind regards,
Fiona Smith and Ondrej Gomola
Managers at Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan

and the Whole Blue Marlin Team 

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Here at Blue Marlin we have never been prouder of the Gili Islands diving community. The past week has tested us all in ways we never imagined but throughout it all our community has held together tighter than ever before. Our team on Gili Trawangan have been working unbelievably hard to get the island up and running for us all and have already had power restored to the majority of the island. Yesterday they were able to welcome home allot of our local staff and begin the process of getting their lives back to normal. Here in Seminyak our Bali team have made huge progress we have been receiving photos from our staff in Lombok of them with the supplies we are sending! We could not have done any of this without all the support from our customers future past and present. We look forward to returning home and welcoming you all back very soon.
Please keep donating: https://www.gofundme.com/earthquake-relief-for-blue-marlin
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Thank you to all of you for your kind words and support over the past few days.

Yesterday we met with all the dive shops/ hostels and gili restaurant staff who have made teams here on Bali.

We are happy to report all boats departing today for Lombok are full! They have been packed with medical supplies, tarpaulin for shelter, food, water, blankets and clothing as well as volunteers making their way to Lombok to assist in distribution.

We are combining forces to become one team to help keep these boats full and supplies in the right place.

We are so proud of our staff and the entire Gili T diving community, and we strongly believe that the Gilis will be up and running again soon, ensuring jobs and livelihood for all of our local staff who’ve been affected. #GiliStrong

The 3rd earthquake which affected Lombok yesterday afternoon has hindered some of our transport routes and whilst there was no damage on The Gili Islands we did lose more buildings in Lombok making some areas harder to access and increasing the number homeless. For this reason we have increased our target amount raised. We will continue to monitor the situation in Lombok and modify our goal based on what is realistically needed to get all our local staff back on their feet so they can return to Gili Islands and begin to rebuild their life’s.

Thank you again for all your support
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This afternoon we received the news that Lombok was hit by an additional 6.2 earthquake and we are curently in the process of checking if all our Lombok staff are okay. With this additional earthquake supplies in Lombok are becoming harder to access and are already very limited so it is essential we get supplies from Bali to them ASAP

Despite this turn in events we are making progress, our team in Bali are currently sourcing and organising the packing of supplies to be sent on boats hopefully with the first departing tomorrow morning and our team in Lombok are still out distribution food water and medical supplies to everyone they can reach.

And the remainder of our dive team on Gili Trawangan are working on rebuilding and returning Gili Trawangan to our little island paradise. Today they were able to restore power and water to blue marlin and they are excited to be welcoming us all home very soon #gilistrong

Please keep sharing and donating so we can help as many as possible, thank you for everything!
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