Log­ger­heads swim to save our reef

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

WHAT do former Olympians, triath­letes, surf life­savers, cross­fit­ters and politi­cians have in com­mon? A de­sire to help pro­tect our Great Bar­rier Reef.

Bur­nett Log­ger­heads, a team con­sist­ing of lo­cal ath­letes, fit­ness fa­nat­ics and ev­ery­day mums and dads, will take to the wa­ter this week­end to raise aware­ness and funds to­wards the pro­tec­tion of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The team, spon­sored by Shadow En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter and Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett, will have from mid­day to mid­night on Satur­day, Jan­uary 23 to swim as many laps as pos­si­ble at the An­zac Pool in sup­port of the Swim for the Reef cam­paign.

Bund­aberg’s Frances Ad­cock, who is an Olympian (Athens Olympics) and three-time Aus­tralian cham­pion in the 200m back­stroke, was one of the first to dive in and sup­port the cause.

“We have the Great Bar­rier Reef at our doorstep, home to many en­dan­gered and vul­ner­a­ble crea­tures. We need to raise aware­ness of the reef as a com­mu­nity, and nur­ture its fu­ture,” Miss Ad­cock said.

Mr Ben­nett en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to get be­hind the lo­cal team.

“It’s great to see so many lo­cal swim­ming iden­ti­ties throw­ing their sup­port be­hind the Swim for the Reef event and be­ing pas­sion­ate about the health and fu­ture of our reef,” he said.

“The Great Bar­rier Reef is such an im­por­tant part of Queens­land’s ex­tra­or­di­nary nat­u­ral her­itage and this nat­u­ral won­der needs our pro­tec­tion.”

Mr Ben­nett said all funds raised by the Bur­nett Log­ger­heads would go to­wards re­search and a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign, in­clud­ing wa­ter qual­ity and ma­rine pol­lu­tion.

“This cam­paign is about spread­ing the word about our reef and its as­sets, and sup­port­ing ground­break­ing re­search to en­sure the reef re­mains alive and well for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy,” he said.

Show your sup­port for the Bur­nett Log­ger­heads by mak­ing a do­na­tion at https://give.ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/Bur­net­t_Log­ger heads. Con­tact Stephen Ben­nett’s of­fice on 4111 5100.

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