Black tie and bare­foot ball to help pen­guins

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS -

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

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