Running festival helping to save lives of turtles
ON THURSDAY Whitsunday Running Club representatives on behalf of the Airlie Beach Running Festival handed over a $2410 donation to Eco Barge.
The money was raised through the festival, organised by the Whitsunday Running Club and held last month.
Eco Barge was the Airlie Beach Running Festival’s charity of choice.
Whitsunday Running Club president Mark McConkey said it was important that a local organisation recieved the donation from a home-based event.
“More or less, the whole idea of the running festival is to: A - get people up and running and involved in the community and B - to highlight Airlie Beach, Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef for what it is,” he said.
Airlie Beach Running Festival event manger Wendy Downes was excited to see what Eco Barge would do with the donation.
“It keeps our sealife alive and it keeps the seas clean – it’s so important to give back to nature when you live in such a beautiful place,” she said. Eco Barge founder Libby Edge said the money will go directly to the Whitsunday Turtle Centre which currently has three turtles in care.
Part of the money will also aid their regular cleaning up debris duties on the Whitsunday islands.
Ms Edge said she was thrilled to be nominated as charity of choice.
“The amount of entries they had was mindblowing so to be nomiated as the chairty of choice is a blessing and will ensure Eco Barge will directly look after the marine environment,” she said. Eco Barge Clean Seas currently has 430 local volunteers to date.
The Airlie Beach Running Festival included the ever-popular half marathon plus the Port of Airlie 10km, Balance Podiatry 5km, and the 5km corporate team challenge. In the corporate team 5km challenge Eco Barge volunteers Jonathon Dykyj and Emma ‘Turtle girl’ Ferguson were the first male and female to cross the line.
GENEROUS DONATION: Airlie Beach Running Festival event manager Wendy Downes and Whitsunday Running Club president Mark McConkey handed over a $2410 donation to their charity of choice, Eco Barge Clean Seas. Eco Barge founder Libby Edge was thrilled to accept the donation and plaque.