Blake’s socks not just for luck

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self but about what he sym­bol­ised through his work for en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness.

Al­most 15 years af­ter the victory in 1995, red socks have be­come more than just a lucky charm.

School chil­dren across the coun­try this week will be wear­ing red socks to cel­e­brate their knowl­edge of marine ecosys­tems gained through the Care for our Coast pro­gramme.

The ini­tia­tive, in­spired by Sir Peter, aims to de­velop young en­vi­ron­men­tal leaders to con­tinue his work im­prov­ing the state of oceans and wa­ter­ways.

Sir Peter Blake Trust gen­eral man­ager Vicki Wat­son says it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see a new gen­er­a­tion of New Zealan­ders wear­ing red for a cause Sir Peter was so pas­sion­ate about.

“Care for our Coast aims to en­cour­age schools and com­mu­ni­ties to pick up Sir Peter’s man­tle to pro­tect New Zealand’s coast­line, which is the eighth long­est in the world.”

Since the pro­gramme was launched in 2004, more than 9000 peo­ple have been in­volved, col­lect­ing 160,000 pieces of rub­bish from 35 beaches across the coun­try.

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