This is a fundraising campaign organised by Molchanovs Freediving.
On Thursday, 16 December, Super Typhoon Rai hit the Philippines. Sadly, at least 208 people are known to have died with rescue efforts continuing in the country.
We are heartbroken to hear of the devastating impact of Rai with homes and communities destroyed. Molchanovs Freediving was also contacted and told that some freediving schools have been wiped off the map and we are waiting to hear back from members of the freediving community to ensure their safety. We were asked to initiate crowdfunding to help assist the community in its recovery.
Molchanovs Freediving is running this campaign where all proceeds (minus any fees) will go to the Philippines in the following way:
- 75% of funds will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross (or another local charity assisting with on the ground efforts)
- 25% of funds will be divided among the freediving schools impacted by the typhoon.
The funds raised will go to urgently needed things such as water, gas, temporary housing and more - we are just hoping that every little bit counts towards helping in any way.
Please consider contributing, big or small, to help this wonderful country in its recovery and to assist our beloved freediving community in the Philippines. During this season of the year, we have an opportunity to open our hearts and give a gift with purpose to help those in need.
Some of the freediving schools we know that have been impacted are:
- Freedive HQ
- Freedive Planet
For any other freediving schools impacted by the typhoon (or if you know of more), please email [email redacted] to be listed as a recipient of the campaign.
In a few days, we will also be organising an auction to further raise funds for the Philippines. The auction will be online and will consist of gear, courses, coaching sessions and more generously donated by Molchanovs Ambassadors. We will post more about that here once that is launched.
Thank you for your generosity.
Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-59714658
My name is Amanda, Social Media Manager at Molchanovs Freediving. I am representing Molchanovs Freediving in this campaign. Once the campaign is over, we will post to the Molchanovs Freediving Facebook page to confirm all amounts transferred to the recipients. Thank you for your support.