Thanks to so many of you for viewing and bidding on the DWM auction items. It has been a great success! I heard from some of you that although you were not able to bid right now, you would still like to help out Dive with Martin. Every little bit helps as we work together to keep all of our staff employed during this global pandemic.
All money raised through the auction, the diving pre-payments and this donation link will be used by DWM to pay a weekly salary to each of our 25 employees, as well as pay rent, electricity and other essential expenses.
As we are all painfully aware, the Coronavirus has grabbed the world by its throat and it's not letting go! Cozumel is no different. Although there have been no confirmed cases of the virus on the island, the impact has been swift and far-reaching. Since March 9, there has been a steady stream of dive cancellations, to the point that now DWM has no divers. This week is typically one of the busiest of the year with spring break divers. All reservations have been cancelled for the next month, and likely for several months after that.
This is the time of year the staff should be working nearly every day and saving money to prepare for the low season months of September - November. However, the staff is more worried about being laid off and putting food on the table. It's time for action!
Many Dive with Martin friends have asked, "How can we help?" Paddi & Stacey, with the help of other DWM Friends and staff, have come up with the following opportunities for you to help.
All friends of DWM are welcome to send a monetary donation which will be delivered directly to the DWM staff. There are currently 25 staff members, including dive staff, boat captains, equipment crew and office staff. The donations will be evenly divided among the staff.The goals are to:
Date: Donations will be accepted until the staff return to work
Donations: Send to Paddi (see below for methods) Donation methods:
SUPPORT FOR UPCOMING MONTHS
We've come up with two different plans to help support the DWM staff more long-term, or until the coronavirus has diminished to the point we can all safely travel again.
Pay Now, Play Later
You can prepay part of your next dive trip in return for a discount on the diving package. You don't have to have your exact dates yet, but we ask that it be within the next 12-18 months.
5% discount – each diver prepays for one day of diving
7% discount – each diver prepays for two days of diving
10% discount – each diver prepays for 3+ days of diving(The remaining balance must be paid with cash on the island)
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