Dive Industry Fundraiser – Vanuatu (Mele Village) Cyclone Pam Appeal

Cyclone Pam packed winds of 270 kilometres (168 miles) per hour when she tore through the Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Saturday 14 March 2015, bringing with her torrential rain, huge seas and storm surges.

The capital of Port Vila was hit hard, and there has been extensive damage to the outer islands. It is estimated that 70 – 90% of the buildings in Port Vila and the outer islands have either been damaged or completely destroyed.

Cleaning up a home in Mele Village after Cyclone Pam

We, as Australian divers, feel a strong affiliation with Vanuatu, the archipelago being one of our closest South Pacific dive destinations. Mele Village, located on the outskirts of Port Vila, is a large village in need of our assistance. The village houses approximately 4,500 people. Over 70% of the shelters in the village have been damaged by the cyclone and are in need of repairs and re-construction leaving a high percentage of the population in less than adequate housing.

Whilst water has been restored to the village, power has not. The villagers are subsistence crop farmers, their crops buried under mud in the wake of Pam’s destruction. Food will be scarce for the coming seasons until crops can be found, dug out, re-planted and yield a return. Sanitation levels are a concern and clothing and household goods have been lost. The school has been completely destroyed.

Temporary shelter in Mele village

Hence, we are calling on the Australian Dive Industry to show their support for this appeal to bring some much needed relief to the beloved people of Mele Village.

Donations may be deposited to the Dive Cyclone Appeal Fund
Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Account Name: Dive Cyclone Appeal
BSB: 032 002
Account No: 881 207
Note: Please provide your SURNAME + FIRST NAME as the reference for the payment

* We require you to register your donation and contact details so that we can provide you with your receipt for your donation and keep you updated with the progress of the village.

Your donations will be appropriated as follows:

  • Every 2 weeks beginning Wednesday 8 April 2015, 100% of your donations will be transferred to Vanuatu until 31 July 2015 after which funds will be transferred on a monthly basis. 100% of the funds will be utilised to assist Mele Village.
  • Mele Village is located close to Hideaway Island and many of the villagers are staff at Hideaway Island. Hideaway Island management will be our liason with the two chiefs of Mele Village. Goods will be procured based on what is most needed at that moment in time. In this way, your donations will be going directly to the village and used to purchase necessities that the village actually requires rather than being put into a general charity pool for all of Vanuatu where funds may be used to benefit some but not others in need.
  • This approach ensures that both the short term requirements and the longer term requirements of Mele Village are met as this fundraiser will be open until 30 September 2015.
  • Transparency of fund allocations and updates on the village’s progress will be documented via our Blog Posts and Newsletters.

Thank you for your generosity

Several of our dive industry partners have come forth to show their support of this campaign by offering some wonderful products as a thank you for your generosity and assistance in helping the people of Mele Village.

Scubapro Australia is donating a full set of scuba gear valued at $4,724 for a Lucky Prize Draw Raffle.

Lissenung Island Resort and Dive Adventures is donating a 8 night dive holiday to Lissenung Island Resort in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea including flights ex Australia for 1 person valued at $4,300 for a Lucky Prize Draw Raffle.

Hideaway Island Resort and Dive Adventures is donating a 7 night dive holiday to Hideaway Island in Port Vila, Vanuatu including flights ex Australia for 1 person valued at $2,300 for a Lucky Prize Draw Raffle.

Each donation between $20 – $99 will earn you 1 entry into the raffle.

Each donation between $100 – $199 will earn you 2 entries into the raffle.

Each donation over $200 will earn you 3 entries into the raffle.

Remember, the Appeal will remain open until 30 September 2015, so you can donate as many times as possible whenever your circumstances allow. No amount will be too small – every little bit counts.

Most importantly we encourage you to continue to travel to Vanuatu. The Vanuatu economy relies heavily on tourism and this is one of the ways the dive industry can show their support to greatly assist Vanuatu in their deep time of need.

Vanuatu Fundraiser Sponsors


16 thoughts on “Dive Industry Fundraiser – Vanuatu (Mele Village) Cyclone Pam Appeal

  1. Great to see the industry behind the cause. I’ve donated. It would be great to see every diver who has been to Vanuatu donate!

    1. We agree totally! Don’t forget to register your donation online so we can send you your receipt, include you in updates on the progress of the appeal and what’s happening at Mele and enter you into the Lucky Draw Raffle for the great prizes that have been donated by sponsors for this cause.

  2. Mele holds a very special place in my heart. It makes me happy to donate to this wonderful village. I am saddened by such destruction and I can only pray for fast healing

    1. It does for us too, Sarah! Don’t forget to register your donation online so that we can send you your receipt, keep you updated with the village’s progress and enter you into the Raffle Draw which will be held at the end of the campaign for a chance to win some great prizes provided by Scubapro Australia, Lissenung Island Resort, Hideaway Island Resort and Dive Adventures. Thank you for your support.

  3. Have visited Vanuatu 4 times, 3 of them were wonderful dive holidays on Hideaway. Have wandered Mele Villiage on many occasions & it brought great heartache to see the devastation my friends in Mele face. Thank you for the opportunity to help the people of Mele, my friends.

  4. I have been stripping down my home of goods that I do not use or need from clothes, shoes, sandals, towels, sheets, kitchen goods, spoons, utensils, bowls, casserole dishes. Also four foldaway picnic chairs and matching folding table. There are even three pet beds in very good condition and much more.
    The worth is more than I can donate but would love someone to set up a new home in Vanuatu.

    1. Hi Dawn,
      I think you may have received an email from Rod Habla about where you might be able to drop goods for Vanuatu. Let us know if you need any other information.

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  6. Please provide the steps on how to make a donation. I see the bank details, but how does one “deposit to the Dive Cyclone Appeal Fund”?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Paul,
      Please deposit your donation into the bank account listed and register your donation online on this site so we can send you your receipt, updates on the Appeal and Mele’s progress as well as enter you into the Lucky Draw Raffle at the end of the Appeal. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to ask.

  7. Great idea to set up this fund and to be able to donate directly to Mele village. We hope to get back to Hideaway soon. Love that place!

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