Six Senses first annual Water/Wo/Men fundraiser is support of global water conservation also had some light moments.
Most days were long with plenty of meetings and hearing from some of the best in sports, conservation, non-profits and corporations but there were also some light moments as well when Beth Orton, Daryl Hannah and Rami Jaffee gave impromptu performances during the week at the Chill Bar and a memorable sunset beach jam involving Maldivian musicians on local drums at the finale “Barefoot Ball” evening.
The event was held at Six Senses’ new Laamu Resort, the only resort on the remote Laamu Atoll, 150 km north of the equator and known for its ultrafine soft sand.
Sonu Shivdasani, chairman and founder of Six Senses, and one of speakers at the five-day gathering, noted:
“Global industrial growth, most of it very far away, has brought the Maldives to the front line in the battle against rising sea levels. What happens to the Maldives and its 400,000 inhabitants may foretell the future of coastal regions around the globe. That’s why such events as Watermen are so vital … in moving our global community – in the words of Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed – ‘from apathy to action’.”
The Water/Wo/Men fundraiser is the partnership between Six Senses and +H20 – a platform for water awareness to create solutions that facilitate positive change on a local to global scale.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to three key marine charities – Water Charity, Plant A Fish and the Blue Water Foundation. The Blue Water Foundation will place the proceeds from the event into the Baa Atoll Conservation Fund to manage the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.