The Bonaventure Boys’ Home has benefitted from donations gathered at a special diving weekend.
Oceanic Ventures and InnerSpace Systems hosted a weekend of rebreather diving events from 29 March to 3 April in Houston, Texas. The programme included lectures, pool demos of a new recreational rebreather, the Pathfinder, plus a benefit dinner with keynote speaker Leon Scamerhorn, chief executive officer and founder of InnerSpace Systems.
Eric and Ann Keibler, founders of Oceanic Ventures, presented the management team at the Bonaventure Boys Home of Grand Cayman a check for $3,630 from the Oceanic Ventures Foundation on Thursday, 31 May. The focus of the event was to raise money for the Bonaventure Boys’ home. Grand Cayman has been the leading destination for rebreather divers with the first Inner Space Rebreather event hosted by Divetech at Cobalt Coast Dive Resort in 2004 and now its ninth year in 2012.
Eric Keibler, managing director and director of education for Oceanic Ventures, said that rebreathers were the latest trend in diving enabling divers to discover the underwater world in relative silence without disturbing the fish. “This allows you to get closer to the fish and other creatures. Photographers find them to be a wonderful tool and a enjoyable way to go diving,” he said.
According to Ann Keibler, President of Oceanic Ventures, it was a fun event that allowed divers to experience what it is like to dive silently underwater with no bubbles while helping out children.
“We chose the Bonaventure Boys Home as our charity due to the fantastic work they do and our continued commitment to the communities where we dive, such as Grand Cayman and Divetech.”
The Bonaventure Boys’ Home is a nonprofit government funded foundation that is a part of The Children and Youth Services Foundation in Grand Cayman. The Boys’ Home serves at risks boys and families that need help to achieve their full potential. Jennifer Leach-Tippetts, Bonaventure Boys’ Home facility manager, said donations are always appreciated.
“[Donations] help fund extra programmes and supplies for our residents and we greatly appreciate the donation Oceanic Venture Foundation is able to give to The Bonaventure Boys’ Home.
“The monies raised will be used to purchase recreational equipment, resident outings, summer camp fees, clothing and shoes, rewards for incentive programmes and/or bedroom furniture for parents’ homes in preparation for transition,” she said.