Keep­ing the reef pump­ing and alive

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE -

A DE­SIRE to keep the heart of the reef pump­ing and alive is what mo­ti­vates An­nika Grun­wald and her long term vi­sion to bring a Reef Heart Mu­seum to the Whit­sun­days.

This Satur­day will be an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy an open day of aquatic fun at the Ju­bilee Pocket Aquatic Reef Club while also sup­port­ing this cause which is aimed to spread aware­ness of the con­di­tion of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The club re­cently se­cured a $27,500 grant for a cabin in­clud­ing a toi­let and shower in the Reef Mu­seum Dis­play room.

The en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and plas­tic free event will fea­ture a in­flat­able blow up in the pool and a jump­ing cas­tle.

Ms Grun­wald said there was a lot of value peo­ple could get out of the open day event.

“We try to pro­mote healthy liv­ing prac­tices with ed­u­ca­tional things and Barb (Adam­son) will have Boomerang Bags so if they miss a bag they can get one from her,” she said.

The goal to build the Reef Heart Mu­seum is an am­bi­tious one, which is ex­pected to take four years of fundrais­ing ef­forts to achieve.

Nev­er­the­less, Ms Grun­wald said at the end of the day it would be worth the ef­fort.

“A lot of tourists only come in and buy sou­venirs, they don’t even learn any­thing about the Whit­sun­days,” she said.

“The Reef Heart Mu­seum is about keep­ing the ecosys­tem al­right and the club can’t do that with­out help.

“The reef needs help and it’s only when we come to­gether and get more vol­un­teers up where we can keep the heart of the reef alive and pump­ing.”

All peo­ple in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the open day fundraiser are asked to do­nate $5 to­wards the Reef Heart Mu­seum.

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