Do­na­tion ad­vances ef­forts

Money will help Sea Clean­ers Trust to buy new boat.

Papakura Courier - - OUT & ABOUT -

The work of peo­ple ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is re­ceiv­ing an im­por­tant fi­nan­cial boost.

The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foun­da­tion has made ama­jor do­na­tion to the Sea Clean­ers Trust.

The money will be used to help the or­gan­i­sa­tion buy a sis­ter ves­sel to be used along­side its cur­rent boat, named the Bobby StaffordBush, to as­sist with its ef­forts clean­ing up Auck­land’s wa­ter­ways in­clud­ing the Manukau Har­bour.

Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Hay­den Smith says the do­na­tion will fur­ther its vi­sion of putting a boat in every New Zealand har­bour by 2020.

The fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion sig­nals a ‘‘step-change’’ for the or­gan­i­sa­tion and ad­vances its goal of pre­serv­ing the coast­line for the benefit of hu­man and marine life, trust chair­man Jon Lamb says.

‘‘We’re beyond thrilled the trus­tees of the … foun­da­tion have made a de­ci­sion to support Sea Clean­ers in this way as our found­ing spon­sors.

‘‘Our goal since 2002 has been to clean up coastal and es­tu­ar­ine ar­eas to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment for marine life and to pre­serve its nat­u­ral beauty for the benefit and en­joy­ment of all users.’’

Paddy Stafford-Bush says the foun­da­tion’s part­ner­ship with Sea Clean­ers felt like an ob­vi­ous move after her son Bobby died in a car crash in 2001 at age 16.

The Auck­land teenager was pas­sion­ate about the sea, div­ing and marine life.

‘‘We ap­plaud the good work Hay­den and his team is do­ing and we want Bobby’s foun­da­tion to be part of that.’’

The trust has re­moved more than 4.5 mil­lion litres of plas­tic rub­bish and de­bris from New Zealand wa­ter­ways since 2002.

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