Wednesday, November 20, 2013
“Let us all walk with our heads held high because we know that the ground below us has been cared for, let us smile when we see the ocean because we believe it is beautiful and we treasure it.”
Jason Gessner is the founder of Shorebreak Brigade, an international organization promoting the well being of our coastlines through awareness campaigns and beach clean-ups.
Shorebreak Brigade’s missions are fueled by passion and selfless pride. Their rewards are friendships forged by a united front and the feelings of being good stewards on God's great earth.
Jason and his crew are gearing up for Christmas Clean-up, Saturday, November 23, 2013, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Join the crew!
What is Shorebreak Brigade?
We are a small volunteer group that cleans beaches and waterways on a regular basis.
How often do you organize a clean-up?
We organize a clean-up every month as well as lend a hand to other organizations doing similar work when and wherever we can. Once a year we also do an event called '1 Man, 1 Day, 1 Ton of Rubbish' - https://www.facebook.com/1Man1Day1Ton.of.rubbish
Who can participate?
We encourage the general public to take part in our clean-up's as well as schools.
What type of debris do you usually find?
We come across all sorts of things, from your everyday items like plastic bags, bottles, and food containers to discarded fishing tackle, broken pieces of household items, and even tires. Occasionally we've found a few not so nice things like needles and syringes - this is why we always insist our volunteers where protective gloves.
Who subsidizes your campaigns?
We have had very few donations and no government funding, I personally fund most of the groups basic needs but that definitely needs to change as the lack of support means we can not grow our vision. We could definitely do with some help!
Have you encountered any strange sea creatures while on brigade?
Hahhahaha! No, no sea monsters or mermaids! We have unfortunately seen our fair share of dead fish and crabs.
What can we do as individuals to support your efforts, whether coastal or not?
Our motto is "Be the change" so I guess if people adopted that attitude they could and would directly and indirectly help and support us. We want people to understand that what we are fighting for is worth the effort and that you don't necessarily need to be on the frontline to make a difference.
We'd love more people to attend our clean-up's, but at the same time we don't want people to think that unless they come to our clean-up's they're not part of the crew. If you're stuck inland then organize your own clean-up with our support, be an ambassador for the common belief we share. Oh, and if you win the lotto - don't forget us! LOL
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