I've joined Swim for the Reef because our World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is dying. The chief scientist at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said that despite their work in small scale coral regeneration, if the Reef is not better protected now, it will be gone by 2050. If the Reef dies, so do all the plants and animals who call the Reef home. It is heart breaking to think that future generations may not have the opportunity to be thrilled by seeing the stunning marine life I have been privileged to enjoy, and to feel confident that the marine environment will recover. But sometimes knowing and believing in doing the right thing isn't enough in the face of profits and corporate activities, which is where the dedicated people from the Environmental Defenders Office step in. For 25 years they have stood up for the environment on behalf of communities, and they have an impressive list of successes. Click on this link to see for yourself. https://www.edoqld.org.au/our_successes.
The sad thing is that government funding to the EDO has been dramatically reduced, which is why I am joining the Swim for the Reef, and I'm inviting you to help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button on this page. The more people that know about EDO Qld the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Receipts will be issued for taxation purposes.
An incidental goal is to see if the aggregate lap count of all participants can reach the length of the Great Barrier Reef - some 2300 km, so if you sponsor me I promise to let you know how much of that Reef I swim.