Heart­felt push to help the reef

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT IS in ev­ery­one’s in­ter­est to pre­serve the pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment which we live in.

This is why Air­lie Beach Aquatic Reef club founder An­nika Grun­wald has or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing event for the Air­lie Reef Heart Mu­seum this Sun­day.

Ms Grun­wald said peo­ple who at­tended the event could walk away know­ing they played a pos­i­tive role in sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.

“We are ab­so­lutely pas­sion­ate about pro­tect­ing the Whit­sun­days and work­ing to­gether for a bet­ter out­come for the reef, which is com­mu­nity based and good for tourism,” she said.

The fam­ily-friendly event will not only be an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence but will have plenty of perks for kids, in­clud­ing a pi­rate ship jump­ing cas­tle and pool in­flat­a­bles.

There will also be a sausage siz­zle.

With the Air­lie Beach La­goon cur­rently out of ac­tion, Ms Grun­wald said peo­ple would be wel­comed with open arms to en­joy wa­ter-based ac­tiv­i­ties at the Air­lie Beach Swim Cen­tre.

The push for a Reef Heart Mu­seum is a cause which has been very close to Ms Grun­wald’s heart for a very long time.

The mu­seum would fea­ture a his­tory of Air­lie Beach with a fo­cus on the Great Bar­rier Reef, in­clud­ing preser­va­tion projects and reef ed­u­ca­tion.

“I want to to get the com­mu­nity to­gether and see who has the ideas and brains about how we can get a Reef Mu­seum and what it will look like and how we can get the fund­ing,” she said.

“I al­ready ap­plied for fund­ing and I’m not giv­ing up on it just be­cause it’s hard, be­cause it’s good for ev­ery­one.”

Peo­ple can at­tend the fundrais­ing event at the Swim Cen­tre op­po­site IGA from 11am-4pm on Sun­day, June 18.

THUMBS UP: Sup­port­ers of an Air­lie Beach Reef Heart Mu­seum call for com­mu­nity sup­port.

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