ECO BARGE BREAKS THE VAULT
MIRACLES really do happen at Christmas!
Eco Barge Clean Seas found out on Tuesday they had won the $5000 top prize in the SunSuper Dreams for a Better World competition and founder and chairwoman Libby Edge said it was nothing short of a miracle.
The online competition relied on public votes and Eco Barge Clean Seas received 1800 votes, 200 more than the runner-up.
The money will be used to care for sick and injured turtles in the Mackay/Whitsunday region, through Eco Barge’s Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre.
“It’s a miracle, a simple miracle,” Ms Edge said. “It’s a defining moment in Eco Barge Clean Seas’ history.
“What we were up against was huge. I’m blown away that a small, not-for-profit in the Whitsunday Islands took this massive thing out.
“It shows how much passion and force there is behind Eco Barge Clean Seas and passion is what we are all about.”
Mr Edge said she wanted to thank everyone for voting for Eco Barge Clean Seas and “helping us to look after the turtles in 2016”.
“It’s just amazing and now we are in the grand final of the competition, so we are up against the biggest not-forprofits in Australia.”
Eco Barge Clean Seas, which completed its 200th marine debris removal trip earlier this month, stands to win $25,000 if it can take out the grand final, with the winner due to be revealed in February.
Since the organisation started in 2009, the Whitsunday Marine Debris Removal Program has been responsible for removing almost 140 tonnes of rubbish from the region’s seas and beaches.
And 2015 has been the most successful year yet, with 20,003 kilograms of marine debris collected.
“The Whitsundays knows about us but now this has gone Australia wide and the whole country is hearing about us and our good work, which we are hoping will lead to increased sponsorship, which in turn will enable us to do even more good work for our marine environment.”
SUCCESS: Eco Barge Clean Seas is celebrating its most successful year yet, including winning $5000 in the SunSuper Dreams for a Better World competition.