Why we are fundraising for the Choose Love earthquake campaign
We were devastated to hear of the earthquakes that struck in Türkiye and Syria in February. Disasters of this scale require a global response to provide both short and long-term aid to best support those impacted.
Our Impact Pillar of Social Good was created to ensure that the work we do protects people and the planet. The calamitous effects of the earthquake has displaced millions of communities across the regions leaving them with a lack of access to food, clean water and healthcare, vulnerable to harsh weather conditions, as well dealing with the effects of loss. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 26 million people, including 1.4 million children, are in desperate need of aid across the hit region.
Choose Love is a pioneering new movement in humanitarian aid. Their model is agile and unbureaucratic, getting funds to their local partners on the ground quickly and flexibly. Their support is based on ongoing communication with partners so that changing needs are met as they happen, to ensure greatest impact and lives saved. After the first earthquake on 6 February 2023, Choose Love launched a campaign to raise funds for a holistic localised response which includes search and rescue and critical aid and shelter for displaced communities. At present, the rescue efforts for the quakes have turned into recovery and rehabilitation efforts.
To support the campaign, we have created the Choose Love Ocean Bottle; 25% of all revenue from this bottle will go directly to the Choose Love emergency earthquake campaign.
To prevent wastage, each Choose Love Ocean Bottle will be made to order, this will add a few days to your shipping time, which will be confirmed when you purchase at checkout. Each Choose Love Ocean Bottle sold will also fund the collection of 1000 plastic bottles in weight before they reach the ocean.
The Emergency Earthquake campaign provides access to vital resources and support for partners on the ground in Türkiye and Syria. There is a desperate need for shelter, medical supplies, recovery equipment, fuel, blankets, food and clean water.
“It is something that has never been seen before. 10 years of war does not compare with this destruction and horror.”
- A message from one of Choose Love’s long-term Syrian colleagues
We urge you to read to learn more about the Choose Love earthquake campaign, or to donate directly here.
Choose Love and Ocean Bottle thank you for your support.
Will and Nick
Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Ocean Bottle