On Sunday 15th May 2022, the inaugural Harbour and Ocean Clean up event is being held in Tauranga. The goal of the day is to fill up a giant truck full of rubbish, and in the process clean up one of New Zealand’s busiest harbours.
Our Backyard Trust, Stoney Creek and Tauranga Sport Fishing Club have combined forces to raise funds and a team of volunteers to make this event happen. Their goal is to protect the waterways and their marine life, and to further encourage other people and businesses to support the on-going protection of valuable natural resources. The project will be funded by donations from key sponsors, local businesses and families, and will also be receiving generous funding generated from the jackpot being run at the 2022 Stoney Creek One Base Game Fishing Tournament in March.
The crew are currently looking for volunteers and supporters for the project, who will be part of dedicated Clean Up Squads that will work across the beaches, harbour, marina, boat ramps and carparks in the general Tauranga Harbour area. People of all ages and all community groups are invited to take part, and local businesses are also welcome to participate in the event. There is no time limit on how much spare time you can give, whether it’s half an hour, three hours or a full day – any time contributing to the clean up will make a difference! Their vision for the day is to get 100+ people to attend the cleanup event and create a community engagement day, filled with plenty of smiles and laughter.
The plan is to meet outside the Tauranga Sports Fishing Club on the 15th May and split everyone into clean up squads. The team are also looking for boats and divers to create a broader area to clean up. Each group will be provided with a team bag, which includes a map of the area selected to clean up, water, gloves, health & safety info, OBT contacts, and, of course, rubbish bags. Everyone volunteering will also receive a volunteer t-shirt, as well as lunch and refreshments. Kid’s activities will be running for those who want to bring the whole family, which include a bouncy castle, face painting, lollie scrambles and a colouring-in competition.
This is going to be the first of many community events which the crew would like to hold as they continue to grow within the Bay of Plenty region.
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