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Since 2015 Mikes’ Dive Store has been raising money for UK marine conservation activities by supporting the charity, Sea-Changers. Mike’s, a leading and long established diving retailer donates 1% of its profits to the charity. Customers are invited to match the company’s generosity and make their own donations too.
The money raised feeds into Sea-Changers’ grant fund which is distributed to UK based marine conservation projects. Mike’s Dive Store has chosen to demonstrate its already strong environmental commitment and it has recently reached the milestone of raising over £16,000 in this way. The company is one of a growing community of Sea-Changer businesses and individuals who are passionate about giving something back to the seas they love.
Sea-Changers distributes the donated money, in accordance with their funding policy, to a range of projects engaged in: direct marine clean up action, education and awareness-raising about marine conservation issues, species and habitat protection, and conservation research. Many of the projects they fund undertake grassroots community conservation work that simply would not take place without the Sea-Changers grant.
Steve Brown, MD at Mike’s Dive Store said: “The UK’s seas give Mike’s Dive Store’s customers a rich variety of opportunities to enjoy their sport. We are delighted to play our part in making sure there are healthy oceans and coastlines for future generations of divers to enjoy and learn from. We are proud to have reached this fundraising milestone.”
Rachel Lopata, Co-Founder of Sea-Changers said: “It’s great working with Mike’s Dive Store and to receive their fantastic support. With Christmas coming up we hope that divers and their families will choose to do their Christmas shopping at Mike’s Dive Store and raise money for more projects at the same time.”
What makes Sea-Changers different is how they raise the money for their important work. They aim to harness the energy, good will and resources of sea-users to help raise the funding available for marine conservation.
Sea-changers works with partner companies such as dive companies, cruise holiday companies and marinas that rely on healthy oceans for their success. They develop bespoke fundraising partnerships with them, for example we have committed to donating a percentage of every sale. Their partners then pass these donations on to them and they distribute 100% of the money raised to support marine conservation work.