Charity dive for Foodbank drive

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 2, 2017

DIVERS of Albany will gather for an underwater venture next fortnight in an effort to increase the supply of food and groceries to Albany’s Foodbank branch.

The South Coast Diving Supplies crew has teamed up with Foodbank Albany to send two boat loads of people out to the south side of King George Sound, near Seal Island, for a dive on November 12.

The entry fee into the dive is a donation of between $75 and $110 worth of food to Foodbank, which will be collected from the South Coast Diving Supplies shop on the morning of the dive.

“We were looking for something different to do and contributing to Foodbank came up in discussion, and it progressed from there,” South Coast Diving Supplies owner Garry Wellstead said.

“Foodbank is an important and necessary resource, but it is often overlooked.”

Mr Wellstead said interest in the charity dive had been overwhelming, with a long waiting list should any of the participants opt-out.

Foodbank Albany’s branch manager Rod Pfeiffer said he was amazed at the community support for the charity organisation.

“It just shows what a business can do when they get behind an idea,” he said.

“South Coast Diving Supplies floated the idea and it took off.

“We are hoping for around $1200 to $1500 worth of food to be coming in from this dive, so the influx of food variety will be a massive donation.”

The interest in the event has led Mr Wellstead and Mr Pfeiffer to consider running the fundraising dive annually.