Stu­dents’ draw­ings fea­tured on cal­en­dar to sup­port Eco Barge

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MORE than 300 en­tries were re­ceived from lo­cal stu­dents en­ter­ing in the Eco Barge Clean Seas third an­nual Whit­sun­day Kids Car­ing For Our Coast 2014 Cal­en­dar, with the win­ners an­nounced last Wed­nes­day.

The an­nual Whit­sun­day Kids Car­ing for Our Coast 2014 cal­en­dar shares lo­cal in­for­ma­tion and helps high­light ways in which the com­mu­nity can help to re­duce ma­rine de­bris en­ter­ing the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

Founder of Eco Barge Clean Seas Libby Edge be­lieves one of the best fo­rums to high­light re­spon­si­bil­ity is lis­ten­ing to lo­cal school chil­dren.

Eco Barge ran an art com­pe­ti­tion at Can­non­vale State School and St Cather­ine’s Catholic Col­lege to pro­mote ways youth be­lieve they can help re­duce the threat of ma­rine de­bris to the ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment.

The cal­en­dar is a col­lec­tion of the 13 win­ning en­tries of the art com­pe­ti­tion and also in­cludes sig­nif­i­cant dates, hol­i­days, fun facts and ma­rine in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

Ms Edge said the cal­en­dar was a true com­mu­nity cal­en­dar with all prof­its go­ing to­wards help­ing to pro­tect the lo­cal ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment.

“IGA has come on­board to sell our cal­en­dars and do­nate squid to help feed our tur­tles but we are still look­ing for more out­lets to sell our beau­ti­ful cal­en­dars,” Mrs Edge said.

Can­non­vale State School stu­dent Mya Mur­ray was pre­sented with a fam­ily trip to the Great Bar­rier Reef for win­ning the front cover of the cal­en­dar and all other monthly win­ners re­ceived a fam­ily trip to their choice of White­haven or Day­dream Is­land.

All ma­jor prizes were do­nated by Cruise Whit­sun­days.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to or­der a cal­en­dar, con­tact 0417 642 815 or email info@eco­barge­cleanseas.org.au.

REEF WAR­RIORS: Eco Barge founder Libby Edge and Paddy Spil­lane from Char­ter Yachts Aus­tralia (right) pre­sented Can­non­vale State School stu­dents Grace Male, Tia Gibbs, Malia Turner, (back) Eloise Male, Seth Tin­der, Matthew Brown and Mya Mur­ray with their prize packs for win­ning the Eco Barge cal­en­der com­pe­ti­tion on Wed­nes­day last week.

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