Moving from Holland to Mexico and trying to survive while shooting some fish feels like a very long time ago. In reality, I was trading Triggerfishes for other food only 5 years ago. I worked hard and locally it was not always easy. I am able to eat, drink and spear and so is the rest of the SpearfishingToday team. So last year we decided that it was time to give back to our local community. We discussed many possibilities and ended up talking with Colleen, founder of Diving For A Cause (DFAC). Long story short. She sent one of her disciples to check out our operation and after months of communicating, last week it became reality. We hosted Diving For A Cause and gave back to the community.
It´s a simple principle and everybody that knows me, knows… I love simple ideas. Spearfishermen and women pay Diving For A Cause for the spearfishing trip. On the other side the real costs of the spearfishing trip are being reduced tremendously by generosity of for example in our case, someone that let the divers stay for free in a beautiful condo. The difference is being spent on a cause. On Cozumel: at about 35 kids that have some troubled home, like parents with an addiction, violence back home, etc. A little school offers these young kids a shelter, a reason to come, learn and enjoy.
This week had been so rewarding. I met beautiful people like Colleen. I met fantastic young kids. And got to know my team better (Anibal is a great cook, jaja). But above all, I remembered you need to give back in life. I know in my first years here in Mexico I had to build up something myself, to be able to do this and on the way I gave. But not like in this scale.
So what did those kids get from us? Why was this a big thing?
First, the divers and us went out four times to spearfish. All fish we shot was meant for the kids. Ok. Ok. Ok. Yes we had a fresh fish dinner twice ourselves as well, jaja. On the last day, we organized a bbq for all the kids and ooh yeah, that was a great happening. We gave the little school the rest of our fish, for sure they can prepare good food for the next coming weeks.
Then DFAC handed out backpacks to all the kids. Backpacks filled with books and other school materials. We read the books with them, listened to music, played soccer and more. Then we painted part of the school during a full day. Colorful, very colorful. Happy colors. Of course DFAC paid the paint.
It inspired us to keep on Diving With A Cause. In May 2014, Colleen will be back with more divers. More than welcome. In the meantime we ourselves will stay involved with these kids and do something at least once a month.
Visit divingforacause.org and support Colleen.
Colleen and DFAC in Cozumel was last modified: May 31st, 2013 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Leo is the founder of Spearfishing Today and also the official representative of the Mexican Spearfishing Association for the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is FII certified, speaks English and Spanish and hunts comfortable up to 100ft. Leo is guiding spearfishing trips only on request in all Spearfishing Today locations in Mexico. He only hunts with a polespear and has a very inspiring opinion about freediving and spearfishing. Nickname: Chanoc. Most memorable catch: 27.99 kilo Cubera Snapper with polespear.
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