Take 3 for the Sea’s 2022 CEO Clean Up was a huge success as more than 50 business leaders swapped offices and boardrooms for a morning of education and action at Manly Cove Beach on Friday 9 September.
This unique event encourages CEOs, directors and business owners to take time out of their busy schedules to clean up their local community while fundraising to support Take 3’s work to rid the world of plastic pollution through education and action. It was an ideal opportunity for business leaders to roll up their sleeves and make a difference in the community and show leadership on sustainability.
Uncle Allan Murray welcomed the participants to Manly Cove on behalf of the traditional custodians of the land, and thanked the leaders for helping First Nations people care for Country and Sea. The Hon James Griffin MP, Member for Manly and NSW Environment Minister and NSW Heritage Minister joined the leaders to urge them on as they cleaned up the beach.
The beach had been raked that morning by the council and, at first sight, looked pretty clean, but when our CEOs got to work, it told a different story. More than 35 kg of rubbish was gathered from the beach and water, much of it in the shape of micro plastics. The haul included more than 320 items of plastic packaging, 150 cigarette butts and 250 pieces of polystyrene. Some of the CEOs took to kayaks and we were also joined by scuba divers from Sydney’s Underwater Research Group who pulled many large items out from beneath the surface.
CEO Clean-Up Manly Cove Beach, Sydney 2022
Take 3 would like to thank the official supporter of the CEO Clean Up, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Australia. We were thrilled to see Ben Angell, Managing Director and Vice President of NCL APAC, representing NCL Australia by taking part in the clean up on Friday. NCL became the first cruise line to eradicate single-use plastic water bottles from its ships in 2020, and the cruise line is actively encouraging their staff, stakeholders and guests to do their bit to stop plastic pollution reaching our waterways through education, training sessions and travel partner initiatives
It wasn’t just CEOs and business leaders in attendance with Take 3 honoured to welcome special guests Mr Tony Chappel, CEO of the NSW Environmental Protection Agency, and a representative for Ms Zali Steggall OAM MP, Member for Warringah.
Take 3 would like to extend our thanks to LEP Digital for making the event possible, Underwater Research Group of NSW, Manly Kayak Centre, James Griffin MP for coming along, and of course to all our supporters and volunteers.
We would also like to thank all those who donated.
Mr James Griffin MP and Take 3’s CEO Jacquie Riddell collecting rubbish from Manly Cove for the CEO Clean-Up
Norwegian Cruise Line is committed to preserving our oceans and protecting the environment, people, and communities that are vital to each and every Norwegian Cruise Line voyage. NCL’s comprehensive Sail & Sustain program is focused on five key areas: reducing environmental impact; sailing safely; empowering people; strengthening communities and operating with integrity and accountability. The Company’s conservation commitments extend far beyond its ships to include partnerships with leading conservation organisations, scientific research projects and education institutions worldwide, such as Take 3 for the Sea.
Kellie Chandler, top CEO fundraiser (left) with Ben Angell, Managing Director and Vice President of NCL APAC (right)