Take 3 for the Sea joined Clean4Shore and students from the Berkeley Vale Campus of Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College for a clean-up and education event on the Central Coast today (Wednesday).
Take 3 has been supporting Clean4Shore since 2011 with this week’s field trip taking place at the Terilbah Reserve. Approximately 50 students took part, joining volunteers from both organisations to clean-up the area and learn about the importance of keeping our oceans and waterways free from plastic and litter pollution.
The students in attendance took turns cleaning up the Reserve on board a barge provided by Clean4Shore, while also spending time with Take 3 educators and volunteers to learn more about why we are sparking a global movement for change.
Students on board the Clean4Shore barge
At the conclusion of the morning’s activity a litter audit was completed with the students removing 116.5kgs of litter, including a tyre, park bench, 66 glass bottles, 104 cans and 115 plastic bottles.
Berkeley Vale teacher Tim Butler said: “To be able to come here and collect rubbish directly from the waterway and water is great for the children, it pulls them out of their comfort zone and challenges them in a different way while also helping the community.
“It is crucial that we do this, we live on the water, the kids are on the beach almost every day so working with Take 3 and Clean4Shore to ensure they understand the impact of littering and that they can make a difference is a crucial thing for them.
“We run a program called AVID, and the kids here are from that class in year 8. It is really about life and social skills and helping them build skills for the future. I think it is important to give back to the community and working with Take 3 is such an awesome and powerful initiative for them to be associated with and learn from.”
Take 3 CEO Sarah Beard welcomes the children from the Berkeley Vale Campus of Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College
Clean4Shore lead up to 70 field trips a year, engaging the community, schools, and business groups in the removal of plastic and polystyrene around the Hawkesbury River, Brisbane Waters and Tuggerah Lakes.
Take 3 are proud to work with the organisation with plans for further clean ups and education events already scheduled for later this month.
Clean4Shore founder Graham Johnston said: “The partnership with Take 3 is successful because we address two items; the educational side of litter management which is massively important and with me it’s about getting hands on and in the water to clean it up.
“We promote the same messages about keeping the litter out of our environment and we work very well together to get that message across.”
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