ECO BARGE BREAKS THE VAULT

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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