West Bay dives raise money for Crisis Centre

The divers take a quick rest on a lounger on the seabed at the Chain Reef dive site.

Divetech in West Bay joined with the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre on Women’s Day on Sunday for a fundraising dive trip.

The dives, at Orange Canyon and Chain Reef, both off the coast of West Bay, raised $525, with Divetech donating $255 of that total.

Among the divers was Ania Milanowska, executive director of the Crisis Centre, who ventured back underwater after a hiatus from diving, and declared she would definitely be donning a tank again soon.

The group effort raised money for the Crisis Centre.
The group effort raised money for the Crisis Centre.

Between dives, she provided the divers with information about the shelter.

Last year, the center sheltered 56 women and 54 children. Since its inception, it has housed more than 1,000 women and their children.

Ms. Milanowska told the divers that the Crisis Centre is constantly in need of clothing, toiletries and a host of other items for the women and children who seek shelter from domestic abuse at the center. She explained that many arrive with simply the clothes on their backs. “We need just about everything,” she said.

The Crisis Centre has a “Wish List” on its website, www.cicc.ky, with details of what is most needed and how to donate.

Divetech staff members Emma-Jane Nicholsby, Kim Hanlon and Divetech managing partner Joanna Mikutowicz.
Divetech staff members Emma-Jane Nicholsby, Kim Hanlon and Divetech managing partner Joanna Mikutowicz.

Emma Nicholsby from Divetech, who organized the dives, presented the donation to Ms. Milanowska at the end of the afternoon of diving.

International dive organization PADI launched Women’s Dive Day last year to celebrate the contributions of women to diving.

For this Women’s Dive Day dive in West Bay, Divetech decided to use the event to raise money for a local charity, choosing the Crisis Centre as a worthy and apt cause.

The Crisis Centre operates a 24/7 crisis line on 943-CICC (2422).

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