Black tie and barefoot ball to help penguins
PORT Elizabeth’s Pro Dive Centre is hosting a Barefoot Ball tomorrow where guests can dig their toes into the sand as they enjoy a night next to the waves.
The venue is the beach at Happy Valley in Humewood and the dress code is strictly “black tie and barefoot”.
The ball will include a meal and entertainment. It starts at 6.30pm and tickets are R375, on sale at Pro Dive at 189 Main Road, Walmer.
The Barefoot Ball also marks Pro Dive’s 21st birthday celebration.
The company was established in 1996 by Louis and Michelle Van Aardt as a two-man dive operation at the Red Windmill at Hobie Beach.
Now they are based at their state-of-the art dive centre retail outlet, with a scuba diving pool and travel centre at 189 Main Road, Walmer.
Pro Dive was the first PADI five-star dive centre in the Eastern Cape, which is the highest dive centre accreditation world wide.
Pro Dive has trained the most students in South Africa, with more than 11 000 trained scuba divers.
Inspired by their love of diving and travelling, Louis and Michelle not only take South Africans to all the best dive destinations worldwide, but markets South Africa as a dive destination at big scuba diving trade shows worldwide.
“As a token of appreciation for what the ocean has given us over the years, we are arranging a fundraising event to coincide with our 21st birthday and all proceeds will go to the Penguin Research Fund,” a spokesman for the dive centre said.
“This is an entirely non-profit event. Our aim is to have 300 attendees for a good meal, great entertainment and to get all marine enthusiasts and other local businesses together for a successful fundraiser,” the spokesman said.
Inquiries: Monique, (041) 581-1144.
MARINE LOVERS: Louis and Michelle Van Aardt are ready for tomorrow night’s Barefoot Ball